CORINNA, Maine — Residents here will gather Saturday to decide whether to begin a four-year property review leading up a townwide revaluation scheduled for 2014.
Town Manager Dalton Mullis said Article 16 of the town meeting warrant asks voters to appropriate $10,000 to conduct about 25 percent of the review in fiscal year 2010. Mullis said this question, if approved, would likely appear on town meeting warrants in the next three years, as well.
“Our concern is not the overall evaluation, but to make sure all properties in town are included,” said Mullis. “In the first [four-year] review we’ll find any additional properties that are not taxed or not taxed correctly.”
A townwide revaluation is the process towns go through to ensure that property values used to compute tax bills reflect the actual value of those properties on the real estate market.
Also on Saturday’s town meeting warrant are a series of questions related to the budget, which Mullis said is proposed to be $95,771 less than the current year. That includes spending for Regional School Unit 19 and Penobscot County. The overall budget proposal for this town of more than 2,100 people is $2,224,636.
Mullis said the biggest factor contributing to the drop in the budget is that there is no money proposed for capital improvements, such as road work or projects at public buildings.
“We made a resolve not to increase taxes and to absorb the state and county budget increases,” said Mullis. “We’ve been very aggressive on capital improvements over the last five years, so we’re in a good position to do this.”
Town meeting begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corinna Elementary School.
Residents are also heading to the polls on Friday to fill two open three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen. The four candidates for the two seats are Angela Quick, Alden Bolstridge, Irving W. King and incumbent Selectman Scott Paradis. Selectman Gary Dumoulin is not running for re-election.
The polls will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Corinna Fire Annex.