P.I. officials weigh budget revision

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted June 03, 2009, at 6:19 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City leaders are taking another look at the 2009-10 municipal budget they adopted last year to fund the allocation the city pays to SAD 1 for education.

City Manager Tom Stevens said Wednesday that if the SAD 1 budget is adopted as presented, it would pose an increase of .83 mill — or an estimated $412,000 — to the city’s tax rate.

The City Council is planning to consider reductions in the city budget to make up for the shortfall.

When drafting the budget, city officials cannot be certain of the amount they will need to set aside for education each year because the city adheres to a calendar year budget while SAD 1 keeps to a fiscal year budget. The Presque Isle municipal budget was completed in December 2008.

Voters in the five communities of SAD 1 will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 9, to decide whether to approve a nearly $23 million budget for the district’s 2009-10 school year.

Presque Isle will contribute approximately $5.3 million to SAD 1 for education.

Stevens said that in order to come up with the needed money, he is proposing that councilors make a number of reductions.

Those suggested cuts include not filling some vacant positions or filling them using grant money.

Stevens also said the city’s parking enforcement officer is planning to retire. Instead of filling that position, he said, the city likely will look to the Presque Isle Police Department to fill that duty.

Some of the city’s capital projects also have been put on hold.

The council is expected to hold a meeting to consider amending the budget in the near future.

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