June 22, 2018
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Bar Harbor voters approve $17M budget

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR — Voters on Tuesday evening approved an annual budget of more than $17 million with little discussion or opposition, according to a local official.

None of the articles considered by voters was amended or rejected, Town Clerk Pat Gray said Wednesday.

The town’s overall $17.25 million annual budget includes $7.25 million in education expenses, including $2.4 million for the town’s share of Mount Desert Island High School, and $9.45 million for other municipal expenditures. Also included in the overall budget figure is the town’s $548,000 tax bill from Hancock County.

The town expects to raise $13.2 million in local property taxes to support the 2010-11 budget. As a result, the town’s tax rate is expected to increase by 4.2 percent, from $8.88 for each $1,000 of a property’s value to $9.26 per $1,000. For a property worth $295,000, which is the median value for residential properties in Bar Harbor, the owner would see his or her annual tax bill increase by $111, according to town officials.

The open session of Bar Harbor’s annual town meeting was held Tuesday at Conners-Emerson School on Eagle Lake Road.

Elections and referendums will be held Tuesday, June 8, in conjunction with the statewide primary election. Dessa Dancy, Matthew Horton, Paul Paradis, James Riley Jr., and Christopher Walsh are running for two seats on the seven-seat Town Council. No other municipal races are con-tested.

In local referendums, voters will be asked to consider revisions to the town’s charter, to lend $1 million to the housing authority to help finance the Northeast Creek housing project, and whether to approve 11 proposed amendments to land use ordinances.

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