Cambridge’s proposed municipal budget up $12,000 from last year

Posted March 04, 2011, at 8:11 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Maine — A proposed 2011 municipal budget that reflects a $12,000 increase in the amount to be raised from property taxes over the current year will be decided at the annual town meeting set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the municipal building.

The proposed 2011 expenditure from taxation of $158,246 is in comparison to $146,246 in 2010. Because school costs are not yet determined, it is unknown how the 2011 spending plan will affect the mill rate of $17.90 per $1,000 property valuation.

Carol Laplant, administrative assistant, said Friday that town officials have proposed increasing  the dam repair account from $10,000 to $15,000. The cost to replace the aging dam was estimated in 2009 at $400,000, so town officials are looking at a reduced project. As of Dec. 31, the town had raised $8,229 for the work. In addition, about $1,000 was raised in donations, Laplant said.

There is no cost-of-living increase in the proposed budget, but town officials have proposed an increase in Laplant’s salary from $15,000 to $15,300 because of added duties. Laplant also now serves as registrar of voters.