Parkman ballot lists two major issues

Posted March 01, 2010, at 9:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

PARKMAN, Maine — Two major issues will face Parkman residents when they meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20, for the annual town meeting.

Because property in the town has not been revalued for more than 10 years, residents will be asked whether they support a revaluation done over a two-year period. The revaluation is expected to cost $16,615 a year. The cost for the first year has been included in the proposed municipal budget of $255,745.

In addition, voters will act on the acceptance of the McKusick Elementary School. Residents in SAD 4, of which Parkman is a member, voted in November to close the school this year in a consolidation effort. SAD 4 directors have voted to offer the school to the town later this year.

A committee of residents will be investigating possible uses for the building if residents accept the property. No funds have been included in the proposed budget for any direction residents may take in regard to the school.

The proposed municipal budget reflects an increase of $26,375 over the current budget. Of that increase, $10,000 is to help fund the solid waste operation. In the past, the town has dipped into the surplus account to help offset the costs, but town officials decided not to do that this year because of the anticipated decrease in revenues.