DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Town officials expressed concern Monday night over potential cuts to the Charleston Correctional Facility which are reportedly under consideration by Gov. John Baldacci as part of his budget curtailment plan.
Seated inside a building that was renovated by Charleston Correctional Facility inmates, selectmen noted during their regular meeting Monday that it was important for the state to keep the facility status quo, not only for the restitution work the facility provides but for the residents employed at the institution.
Selectman Elwood Edgerly said statistics show the cost to house an inmate at Charleston is less than anywhere else in the state.
While no official word has been released about the cuts by the governor’s office, Tom Sands, who works at the facility but who addressed the board as a concerned resident, said one dormitory and as many as 15 employees could be affected under the governor’s anticipated plan.
“I’m going to fight and voice my opinion as a taxpayer,” Sands told selectmen, who voted Monday to support keeping the facility at the current level.