Harmony to consider revaluation proposal

Posted March 05, 2010, at 10:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

HARMONY, Maine — Voters will decide whether to do a townwide revaluation of properties when they hold the annual town meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Harmony school.

It has been more than 15 years since the last revaluation was completed, according to Selectman Levi Pratt, who supports the revaluation.

Most 2010 proposed expenditures are at the same funding levels as 2009’s because town leaders have kept the economy in mind, according to town officials.

The Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend increasing the stipends paid to the second and third selectmen from $2,000 to $4,000. No change in the first selectman’s stipend of $6,000 was recommended.

Residents also will be asked to raise and appropriate $6,500 for tax mapping and assessing. No funds were raised last year for that purpose.

Among the expenditures, town officials have proposed raising and appropriating $4,500 for street lighting; $1,100 for recreation maintenance and expenses; $1,000 for the depreciation and emergency fund for the Harmony Ambulance Service; and $15,000 for transfer station operating expenses.

The Fire Department has recommended raising $1,210 for training fire and ambulance personnel, and $18,000 for operating the department.

Elections will include a town clerk, a selectman, a road commissioner, a tax collector, and two members of the Superintending School Committee.

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