SANGERVILLE, Maine — A draft municipal budget that reflects a decrease of about $4,117 is under review by the Sangerville Budget Committee.
Town Manager Joe Clark said he anticipates the town will have $1,200 less in tree growth revenue over a two-year period and $25,000 less in revenue sharing next year because of the state reductions.
The budget will be decided at the annual town meeting March 27.
While he has budgeted $63,100 to install a new furnace, patch the roof, install a dual hot-water heater and maintain the Abbie Fowler building, Clark said residents would need to decide the future of the former school building at the town meeting.
A public hearing will be held later this month to discuss the choices the town has regarding the building, much of which is being leased to the Friends of Community Fitness. Clark said the town could sell the building, tear it down or continue to own and lease the facility.
Should the town vote to tear down the building, Clark said he has applied for a grant to help fund the asbestos removal.
The proposed budget includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for the public works supervisor. It also includes a $1-an-hour increase for each of the two office workers and 50 cents an hour extra for the town manager as approved by selectmen earlier this winter. The latter increases reflect the added workload the three picked up when Alice Moulton retired from her town office position.
Also included is a 27 percent increase anticipated for water rates.
Lance Pulkkinen, supervisor of the Guilford-Sangerville Water Co., confirmed that there is a “high possibility” the water company will seek a rate hike with the Maine Public Utilities Commission either late this year or early next year. He said there has been no increase in four years, and costs have increased during that time. While the company could seek a maximum increase of 27 percent, it likely will be lower than that, he said.
The budget committee will meet next on Feb. 18.