May 25, 2018
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Tremont’s voters face reduced budgets

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

TREMONT, Maine — Local voters will consider reduced budgets for the local grammar school and for municipal operations when they convene next week at their annual town meeting.

Town Manager Millard Billings said Tuesday there are no contested races in Tremont’s municipal elections.

Tremont will hold elections from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 11, with voting at the town office on Route 102A in Bass Harbor. The open session of annual town meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. the next day, Tuesday, May 12, at the same location.

Billings said the town’s proposed municipal budget for noneducation expenses is $1,554,325, or about $117,000 less than the corresponding budget for the current year. He said the town is not raising $75,000 for local road improvements, as it has done in each of the past three years, and has tried to trim a little bit from several other departments and line items.

“We held the line in just about everything we could,” Billings said.

The town’s high school budget is expected to increase $7,000 to $860,248, he said, while its grammar school budget is expected to decrease. The current year budget for the grammar school is $2,123,151 while its proposed budget for next year is $2,066,054, he said.

Billings said the town is hoping to keep its mill rate flat at $8 for every $1,000 worth of a property’s value. He said whether the mill rate changes likely will depend on decisions made at the state level about revenue sharing and homestead exemptions.

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