Meeting, elections in Clifton

Posted March 15, 2010, at 8 p.m.

CLIFTON, Maine — Two residents are running for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen, which will be decided during elections Saturday, and another is running for the school board.

The polls will be open 8 a.m.-noon before the annual town meeting at 1:30 p.m. Both will be held at the municipal building.

Residents Brian Melvin, who is a former selectman, and Nancy Hatch are running to fill the selectman post of Lorin LeCleire, who has chosen not to run.

Jessica Gray is the lone person running for the SAD 63 post now held by Christopher Fickett. Both the school board and selectmen seats carry three-year terms.

Voters will be asked to consider an article to raise the amount town officials can spend on public works, health or sanitation accounts before needing bids or at least three cost estimates. The article asks whether residents want to raise the amount from $4,000 to $4,500.

Voters also will be asked to consider an article to increase the property tax levy limit of 1.75 percent, set by LD 1, in the event the municipal budget approved is greater than the limit.

At the meeting, residents will consider 12 budget items, with all but one less than or equal to this year’s figures:

• Moving $190,000, a $5,000 increase over last year, from the unappropriated surplus account to reduce taxes.

• Moving $46,813 in state revenue sharing to reduce taxes. The revenue sharing amount is $14,808 less than last year, according to town figures.

• Municipal building expenses, $7,800, a decrease of $225.

• Administrative compensation and expenses, $83,470, a decrease of $400.

• Town expenses, $28,997, a decrease of $2,912.

• Professional services, $14,750, a decrease of $3,650.

• Fire protection and streetlights, $23,500, unchanged.

• Waste disposal expenses, $60,825, a decrease of $6,575.

• General road maintenance, $46,000, unchanged.

• Winter road maintenance, $78,000, unchanged.

• Organizations, $7,215, an increase of $1,185.

• General assistance, $1,000, unchanged.