Brownville budget expected to hold the mill rate at $17.10

Posted March 11, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
Last modified March 12, 2011, at 12:25 p.m.

BROWNVILLE, Maine — Two proposed ordinances will be decided at the annual town meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 21.

Town officials have proposed an application, license and permit fee ordinance that will allow the town to pay its licensed plumbing inspector through license fees paid by people who use the service rather than through property taxes. To do that, town officials have proposed the addition of a $50 base inspection fee on all licensed plumbing permits.

A second proposed ordinance would cover the administrative process dealing with solid waste. Brownville Town Manager Sophie Wilson said there have been some problems with people not wanting to follow the town’s procedures. The ordinance would give the town enforcement authority.

Wilson said the proposed 2011 municipal budget is about the same as last year’s. She said the budget increased a little because of a change in the sanitation department. The town had tried to save money by consolidating its two-day-a-week collection into one day, but it was too much for one employee to make 400 stops in a day, she said. The board added $1,650 to the sanitation budget to allow a return to two-day-a-week collection.

‘’We’re about as lean as we can be and still provide the services,’’ Wilson said Friday. She said the town cut its full-time work force by 10 percent in early 2000 in anticipation of the declining economy.

Wilson said the changes made by selectmen in the budget Monday should allow the town to hold the mill rate at $17.10 per $1,000 property value or reduce it by about 10 cents.

Municipal elections will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the same day as the town meeting. Those who have taken out nomination papers are Mark Tanguay and Linda Coburn for the two seats on the Board of Selectmen, Leon Farr Jr. for a school board position, and Maria Landry for one of two seats on the budget committee. Write-in candidates do not need to register prior to the elections.

The annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the elementary school.

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