June 23, 2018
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St. Albans voters breeze through town meeting warrant

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Voters here disposed of the annual town meeting warrant in less than two hours Saturday with only minor adjustments, according to Town Manager Rhonda Stark.

Approximately 50 voters trimmed about $5,000 from the spending plan recommended by selectmen, mostly by delaying a finishing of the floor in the historic Town Hall. The town’s budget committee recommended putting the job off while moving forward with painting the outside of the building at a cost of $9,500. Stark said a few other spending cuts of less than $200 were made from the floor, but that those cuts could be absorbed without any losses in services.

The total municipal budget for the next fiscal year is $828,087, which does not include costs for public schools and county government.

In municipal elections Friday, all the incumbents who tried to reclaim their seats won.

Longtime Road Commissioner Ronnie Finson easily held off challenger Sheldon Neal by a tally of 109-32. For the town’s budget committee, where four candidates vied for three seats, the results were Michael Wiers, 105; Ronald Fowle II, 103; Dennis Smith, 92; and Daniel Hanson, 55. All the other races on Friday’s ballot were uncontested.

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