PARKMAN, Maine — In addition to considering a proposed 2011 municipal budget that reflects about $4,000 less than was approved by property taxpayers last year, residents next month will decide the fate of liquor sales in the community.
In 2010, residents approved a municipal budget of $412,445, and this year town officials have proposed a budget of $408,145, according to administrative assistant Brenda Hartford. School and county costs are not included in the figures. County costs have increased from $41,118 in 2001 to an estimated $68,361 in 2011, Hart-ford said.
Hartford said a revaluation of town properties is under way, so it is unknown just what effect it will have on the $17.45 mil rate per $1,000 property valuation.
To pay the municipal expenditures, town officials have proposed raising $263,945 from property taxes and applying $86,200 from excise taxes and $58,000 from surplus.
A referendum on liquor sales will be held separately from the annual town meeting, but both will be held on March 19. The town meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Grange with a noon public dinner. The referendum will be held 2-6 p.m. at the town office.
Residents will be asked two questions: Do they wish to approve the sale of liquor for consumption off premises on days other than Sunday, and do they wish to approve the sale of liquor off premises on Sundays?
The town already permits the sale of beer and wine within the community.
Absentee ballots are available for the referendum at the Parkman town office.