Palermo will consider shifting fiscal year at annual town meeting

Posted March 10, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.

PALERMO, Maine — Voting for municipal officers will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the town office.

The only contested race is for a three-year term on the board of assessors, with incumbent Darryl McKenney running against Dennis Keller and Michael Tesseo.

Incumbent Harry Dean Potter is running unopposed for another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen.

Town Clerk Sheila McCarty is seeking re-election for another three-year term; Darryl McKenney is running for a three-year term as general assistance administrator; Donald Barrett is seeking a three-year term on the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit board of directors, and Scott Childs is running for a one-year term as road commissioner.

The town meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 12, with the first order of business the official recognition of Palermo’s oldest resident and also a presentation for a town assessor who served for 35 years.

“Starting off on a positive note will be a good thing,” McCarty said Thursday.

Among other articles on the warrant, voters will decide whether or not to shift the town’s fiscal year from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 to July 1 through June 30 and have two tax bills a year instead of one.

They also will consider cutting the five-member board of assessors to three members and whether or not to change the municipal positions of tax collector, treasurer and clerk from elected positions to hired positions. It will be the fourth time that voters have considered making that change in four years, McCarty said, adding that she expect the discussion of municipal salaries to be lengthy. Last year, $141,920 was appropriated for municipal wages, with $137,920 proposed for the next fiscal year.

Voters also will consider how much to spend for road repair and maintenance, with the selectmen recommending $285,000 and the budget committee recommending spending $276,000.

Additionally, residents attending the meeting will choose how much, if any, to spend on area social services. This year agencies have requested $13,753 from the town.

The Branch Mill Grange will serve lunch for a nominal fee as usual, McCarty said.

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