Residents reject going over tax levy limit

Posted June 09, 2009, at 11:54 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:12 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Local residents rejected a handful of articles on the annual town meeting warrant Tuesday that would have inched the spending plan over the tax levy limit.

During the referendum vote, residents defeated articles to raise and appropriate $56,000 for the lease-purchase of a new road grader; to borrow up to $425,000 for town road improvements and to raise and appropriate $61,500 as the first payment; and to borrow up to $100,000 to finance improvements to the fire station and to raise and appropriate $14,500 as the first payment.

Residents also voted down an article that would have increased the tax levy limit of $1,662,567.

Support was shown for routine funding of the municipal departments, including $32,800 for the Piscataquis Regional YMCA for recreation services, and $100 each to Community Health and Counseling, Eastern Area on Aging, Penquis, Red Cross, Womancare, United Cerebral Palsy and Pine Tree Hospice.

Elected to the two seats on the Board of Selectmen were Cynthia Freeman Cyr, 422, and Scott A. Taylor, 408. A third candidate, Bil Weidner, received 277 votes.

Voters elected Susan Mackey-Andrews, 413, and Blake Smith, 405 to the two seats on the SAD 68 board of directors. A third candidate, Brent Martin, received 284 votes.

Running unopposed and elected to office were: Stephen Pratt to the Thompson Free Library executive committee, and Barbara Austin to the HAD 4 board of directors.

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