Major decisions on trash and infrastructure await Palmyra voters at town meeting

Posted March 10, 2011, at 8:44 p.m.

PALMYRA, Maine — Major decisions await voters at Saturday’s annual town meeting when residents will decide on whether to begin pay-per-bag trash disposal and the construction of a new town garage.

Residents will also decide whether to spend $50,000 — half of which is expected to come from revenues — to maintain the Palmyra Community Center, which was created with the closure last year of the former Palmyra Consolidated School.

Due to these new initiatives and increasing costs elsewhere, the town’s budget would jump by about $56,600 over the current year, according to Town Clerk Val Sprague. The overall municipal budget proposal for the next fiscal year amounts to $735,095, not including school or county government costs. Selectmen propose using $300,000 from the town’s surplus of $650,000 to apply toward expenses in 2011.

Article 14 of Saturday’s warrant calls for the construction of a new town garage at a cost of no more than $230,000. Interest on that amount, for a five-year note, is estimated to be 5 percent, meaning the loan will cost the town up to $22,840 in interest.

Article 20 gives residents three choices about how they will dispose of their trash. Option 1 would allow residents two free containers that could hold up to 35 pounds each, then $1 per sticker for additional containers. Option 2, which would eliminate the use of taxpayer dollars for trash disposal,  would cost residents $1 for each 15-gallon bag and $2 for each 33-gallon bag. Option 3 is to keep the status quo, in which residents can dispose of unlimited amounts of trash, all of which is funded with taxpayer dollars.

Saturday’s meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Palmyra Community Center.

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