Guilford town meeting to vote on budget hike

Posted March 14, 2009, at 1:01 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — A proposed spending plan for 2009 that represents a 2 percent increase over this year’s budget will be up for adoption at the 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, town meeting, at Piscataquis Community Middle School.

Town officials have recommended raising $537,600 from taxation, using $204,000 from excise tax collections and applying $311,350 from surplus to cover the expenses, according to Town Manager Tom Goulette. In 2008, the town used $293,850 from surplus.

While the amount from taxation in 2008 was $528,525, Goulette believes the budget will be under the tax cap levy imposed by LD 1.

“We’re doing the same because we’ve always been bare-bones, we’ve always been a frugal, thrifty community,” Goulette said Friday. “I’m not cutting out a lot of stuff, but I’m still not funding anywhere near where we should be.”

Goulette said at some point, the town is going to have to bond or borrow to improve the roads, which is the weakest link for infrastructure.

Although the town was hit with a layoff at True Textiles and the planned closing of the American Pride factory, Goulette said extended unemployment benefits will make a big difference for some of the affected employees. He said he doesn’t anticipate that large of an impact on general assistance. The town budgeted $28,000 for 2009 compared to $22,000 in 2008, he said.

In elections, residents will elect two selectmen for three-year terms; two SAD 4 board members for three-year terms; one director for a two-year term; a Guilford-Sangerville Sanitary District trustee; and three Guilford Memorial Library trustees.

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