DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A proposed $1.5 million budget for the Unorganized Territory was approved Thursday by the Piscataquis County Budget Advisory Committee.
The budget, which reflects an increase in expenses of 1.8 percent but also shows a $65,000 decrease in the tax commitment for 2011, will go to a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in the Piscataquis County Superior Courthouse.
The county commissioners have the final say on the budget, which must be adopted by a majority vote no later than 15 days prior to the end of the year.
Budget committee member John Tatko noted Thursday that the Unorganized Territory budget does not include funds for county services such as the sheriff, deeds, courts and probate. He said it appeared that the Piscataquis County communities in the Unorganized Territory enjoy relatively low valuations yet get about the same services for free as Willimantic, which pays a portion of those costs.
While those funds are not specifically identified in the budget, Commissioner Fred Trask said that the UT communities pay the biggest portion of the county budget and that those funds cover county services.
County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte said the UT communities will pay more than $1 million of the county budget in 2011.