Detroit residents to decide on spending increase

Posted March 17, 2010, at 8:45 p.m.

DETROIT, Maine — The cost of municipal government will rise by about $4,000 if voters here approve the selectmen’s’ budget proposal at Saturday’s annual town meeting.

First Selectman Joe Cianchette said the municipal budget proposal of $315,227 doesn’t include spending for public schools or county government. Preliminary calculations show that the overall budget for Detroit could result in the town’s property tax rate going from $12.80 per $1,000 of valuation to $13.75 or more. A $1 in-crease on the property tax rate translates to an additional $100 on the property tax bill for a home valued at $100,000.

Cianchette said wilting revenues from state government in several areas made holding the tax increase down difficult, but that selectmen “did the best we could” under the circumstances.

The budget includes $122,500 for road repairs, counting both state and local funding. Voters also will be asked to set aside $5,000 for a town revaluation that is still about eight years away. This is the second year of an eight-year program to save for the revaluation.

In all, there are 40 articles to be decided at the town meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall.

On Friday, the polls will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Incumbents Ethan Kelley and David Wintle are running for the Board of Selectmen and MSAD 53 board of directors, respectively.

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