June 19, 2018
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Veazie fills local positions, OKs budget

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

VEAZIE, Maine — Residents filled local elective offices and made budget decisions Tuesday in their annual elections and town meeting.

In local elections, voters returned Jonathan Parker and Brian Perkins, both of whom were unopposed, to the Town Council for another three years. Parker received 451 votes while Perkins had 347 votes, according to voting results prepared by Town Clerk Karen Humphrey.

On the education side of the ballot, voters elected Paul Dupuis to the RSU 26 board of directors with 11 write-in votes, according to Humphrey. Dupuis will succeed Kimberly Dagher, who opted not to seek re-election.

Also at the polls, voters approved Veazie’s share of the $21 million RSU 26 education budget, which Town Manager Bill Reed said Tuesday amounts to $2.6 million. Residents passed the school budget in a 418-92 vote, according to Humphrey.

During the annual town meeting that started immediately after the polls closed, voters approved a $1.8 million municipal budget for the coming fiscal year, which Reed said is about $57,000 lower than the current one.

As part of its belt-tightening efforts, the town decided to eliminate the equivalent of 1.5 positions, namely one full-time public works job, one-fourth of a janitorial post and one-fourth of a position in the town clerk’s office. The work force reductions take effect at the end of June, Reed said.

With all the town’s budgetary decisions made, Reed said, the tax rate has been calculated. It will decrease from $19 per $1,000 in property valuation to $18.80 per $1,000.

Other factors that shaped the tax rate include the town’s $140,000 sewer district assessment and its $244,000 county tax bill, Reed said.

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