May 26, 2018
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Snow, outage hinder town meeting

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

DEER ISLE, Maine — Heavy snow Monday kept the turnout low for the annual town meeting, and a power outage turned out the lights partway through the session.

Only about 30 people braved the snow to attend the meeting, according to Selectman Neville Hardy. Then a planned power outage by Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. to make repairs cut power to the town offices. A good part of the annual meeting was held in the glow of the building’s emergency lights.

“It was kind of a tough day, but we made it through it, I guess,” Hardy said.

Voters passed the municipal budget, making just two changes. Hardy had indicated that the selectmen might need to add funds to the snow removal budget, and on Monday, they did. On a motion from the floor, they proposed adding $15,500 to the $70,000 budgeted for snow removal. That addition was approved.

Voters also added $3,000 to the Fire Department account for an emergency equipment purchase.

Those additions raised the total municipal budget to $947,387. Funding for both items will come through taxation, increasing the amount needed from taxpayers for the total budget to $435,887. Anticipating cuts in state funding and a reduction in excise tax revenues, the selectmen already had increased the amount to be raised through taxation by $44,646 from last year.

There were no contested races in municipal elections this year.


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