County plans budget cuts in Unorganized Territory

Posted Sept. 22, 2009, at 8:21 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A proposed 2010-11 budget for Piscataquis County’s Unorganized Territory reflects a significant decrease in summer road work but includes $20,000 for the repair of four bridges.

The $1.47 million proposed spending plan reflects a decrease of 12 percent from the current budget. The budget runs from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, and covers the townships of Barnard, Big Moose, Blanchard, Chesuncook, Ebeeme, Elliotsville, Frenchtown, Harford’s Point, Katahdin Iron Works, Lily Bay, Moosehead Junction, Millinocket Lake, Orneville, Sebois and Williamsburg.

Piscataquis County commissioners reviewed the draft budget Tuesday. It includes $20,000 for improvements to two bridges each in Blanchard and in Williamsburg. They agreed to forward the document to the county budget advisory committee for review next month.

Phyllis Lyford, the county’s finance administrator, told the commissioners she expects $447,132 in surplus at year’s end. Of that, about $169,000 can be used to help offset taxes.

In an effort to reduce costs in the Unorganized Territory, commissioners are investigating possible changes. County officials made it known to Greenville last week that they are searching for alternatives to the Greenville landfill to lower costs for Harford’s Point, Big Moose and Moosehead Junction.

Each of the three townships pays Greenville about $40,500 a year for solid waste disposal. In comparison, the solid waste disposal costs for other townships in the county range from $7,800 to $22,500.

At Commissioner Eric Ward’s suggestion, the commissioners plan to schedule a meeting with residents in the three communities to get their ideas and suggestions for solid waste matters.

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