April 20, 2018
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Exeter OKs $1.32M budget, but same tax rates expected

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

EXETER, Maine — Residents decided at Monday’s annual town meeting to reduce the amount proposed for paving this summer.

Town officials had recommended $90,000 to pave Downing Road and part of Cider Hill Road. Instead, residents voted to spend $50,000 for paving and suggested those funds be used for Valley Avenue Road.

Valley Avenue Road often is used by residents going to and from Dexter, where the new district school is being built. Since Valley Avenue Road is the major access to Dexter, it makes sense to fix it up now before it gets worse, Exeter Town Manager Tressa Gudroe said Tuesday.

A suggestion was made at Monday’s meeting that Downing Road and Cider Hill Road revert to dirt and gravel roads, Gudroe said.

Rather than increase selectmen’s stipends from $2,500 to $5,000 as requested by board members, the approximately 40 residents who attended the meeting raised the stipends to $2,700.

The budget amounts to $1.32 million. Last year’s budget was $1.09 million. If the school funding estimate is on target, it is expected the mill rate will remain at $13.90 per $1,000 property valuation, according to Gudroe.

Barry Brown and Jeff Eastman were elected to the Board of Selectmen. Each received 39 votes and Wyatt Sylvester received 32 votes. Steve Crane was elected to the SAD 4 board of directors.

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