LAMOINE, Maine — Voters are expected to consider an overall municipal budget of nearly $650,000 when they convene next week for their annual town meeting.
According to a copy of the town report posted online at Lamoine’s official Web site, the proposed 2009-2010 town budget is $648,476. Lamoine’s county taxes are expected to be an additional $101,350. School costs are not included in the budget and will be voted on at a later date.
Voters will consider the municipal budget and other proposals when they meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Lamoine Consolidated School.
The proposed budget is about $29,000, or 4 percent, less than the $677,678 budget considered by Lamoine voters last year. But because municipal revenues are expected to drop off more sharply, the town is expected to have to raise approximately $97,000 more in property tax revenue than it did last year.
Municipal elections are scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lamoine Town Office at the intersection of Routes 184 and 204.
On the ballot will be races for selectmen and for assessor. Incumbent Selectmen Jo Cooper and Brett Jones are being challenged by Peter McDevitt and Gary McFarland in a four-way race for two seats. Assessor Colene Sharkey is running for re-election against Michael Jordan.