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Budget, Garden Club project on Sebec town meeting agenda

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 32, August 06, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

SEBEC Hot off the press, the Sebec town reportwill be hand-delivered to most homes, prior to next week's annual town meeting.

The goal is to get as manv voters as possible to attend the Aug.11 meeting.

Residents Walt Emmons and Bunny Carey, along with selectmen, will deliver the booklets that contain the warrant as well as departmental reports and vital statistics for 2002-03.

Although the overall budget is increasing roughly 5 percent to $662,166, the amount to be raised by taxpayers in 2003-04 is actually decreasing about $15,000 to $400,495. That decrease is possible due to carry-over from the previous year and appropriations from revenue sources aside from the property tax.

Selectmen on Monday said that the tax rate is expected to stay level, at $12.40 per &1,000 valuation, or drop slightly pending voter approval of the 2003-04 budget and the release of updated valuation and overlay figures. State law allows municipalities to add up to 5 percent of the total expenditures as overlay to cover unexpected costs, such as tax abatements and debts.The tax commitment will be finalized at a meeting toward the end of August, according to Selectman Susan Dow.

In addition to the budget, residents will vote on whether to accept a gift from the Garden Club to improve the town land adjacent to the existing Cove Road boat launch and parking area. Club members last month presented a plan to remove an overgrowth of the invasive plant Japanese knotweed, also known as Mexican bamboo, at the site, and replace it with native planting.

Voters also will consider whether the town becomes a charter member of the Municipal Review Committee, a regional non-profit organized to manage solid waste disposal costs, and to approve a contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Co, in Orrington. A representative from PERC will attend the town meeting to answer questions about the contract.

Residents will elect a new selectman to fill a three-year term, which Tim Hill filled on a temporary basis after Glenn Fariel's resignation last winter; a town treasurer; a tax collector. and a road commissioner.

Copies of the warrant are posted in the Harland A. Ladd Municipal Building, Green Acres General Store, Country Style Restaurant and Sebec Village Post Office. If a registered voter does not receive a copy of the town report at home, copies will be made available at the post
office. Green Acres and from individual selectmen.

The town meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11 at the Harland A. Ladd Municipal Building.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.