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Milo Town Meeting

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 14, April 03, 2002

MILO Although the school budget has yet to be set, the municipal budget will remain almost the same as last year, accounting for 9 mills of the local property tax rate.

At the annual town meeting, residents approved the 27 articles on the town meeting warrant in just over an hour.

Among the warrants approved were an increase in the amount of money the town would have to raise and appropriate for interest accrued on tax anticipation notes.

The increase was due in large part to the sum Bangor and Aroostook Railroad has owed the town several years in back taxes. Town Manager Jane Jones said. Both the lack of tax revenue and the interest that would have been generated if the bankrupt utility had paid the town did have an impact on this year's budget.

"We're borrowing more money and borrowing it sooner because we haven't received those taxes," Jones said.

Another change in this year's budget is the cemetery maintenance fund. Jones explained that due to the restructuring of government securities the interest gained from those investments has dropped."That is creating a gap in the budget," she said. "I think we'll be looking at some tax dollars being appropriated (each year) for the cemetery."

Residents also approved a plan recommended by selectmen and the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council to designate $2,500 in funds intended to be a local match for a grant the town is purusing in conjunction with Brownville.

At a selectmen's meeting last month, boards of both towns approved the plan to pursue a $10,000 grant to fund a feasibility study to determine what property the towns had available for the construction of a speculative building.If a speculative building could be built, it could be an attraction for business to the Milo/Brownville area."One thing we learned when the Dexter Shoe building closed is that businesses want buildings," Jones said. "Milo and Brownville have no sites, and this grant would allow us to look at what land is available."

Also a part of this year's budget are funds that will allow the town to eventually make needed repairs to the tennis courts at the Elm Street Complex,the roof of the Derby Hall and the public boat landing.

Jones said the town has been trying to slowly build up the funds in the recreation accounts so that the necessary repairs can be done without having to add a much larger lump sum into the budget at one time.

Also at the town meeting,it was announced that Joe Beres had been re-elected to the board of selectmen and that Dennis Dorsey and Stephanie Salley had been elected to represent Milo on the SAD 41 school board.

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