Palmyra voters halve funding for road repair

Posted March 15, 2010, at 7:57 p.m.

PALMYRA, Maine — Voters at Saturday’s town meeting opted to draw down the town’s surplus account by $50,000 more than recommended by selectmen in order to defray property tax increases.

According to Administrative Assistant Diane Cookson, that makes a total of $350,000 in surplus funds that will be used in fiscal year 2010 to reduce taxes.

In addition, they moved to chop about $40,000 in funding — half of the $80,000 recommended — for road improvements.

“It was a pretty quick discussion,” said Cookson. “There was a lot of concern about the economy.” Cookson said the gathering of 48 registered Palmyra voters adjourned at about 12:15 p.m.

Because of a printing error on the ballot, the results of Friday’s municipal elections are in question, said Town Clerk Val Sprague. Under Board of Selectmen, the ballot mistakenly told voters to choose one person when in fact two seats were open.

There were three candidates for the board: incumbents Dan Sprague and Vondell Dumphy as well as newcomer Denise Chamness.

The town clerk said Monday she was consulting with the Maine Municipal Association about what to do next.

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