Charleston annual town meeting Saturday to adopt budget

Posted March 11, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.

CHARLESTON, Maine —Town officials are estimating that it will take about $1,134,045 to operate the town next year and to pay county and school costs.

Residents will adopt a budget on Saturday, March 12, when the annual town meeting is held. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and a luncheon will be served at noon sponsored by the fire department.

Barbara Crider, Charleston’s administrative assistant, said that school, county and municipal costs for 2010 were $1,333,639.

Since the AOS 68 school budget has not yet been adopted, the town has estimated school costs next year at $490,000, she said. The town’s share for county government next year is $77,858.

Crider said aside from the usual warrant articles, residents will act on a recommendation to change the hour when selectmen meet. Selectmen typically meet at 7 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month, but residents petitioned the board to meet at 7 p.m. to allow for more public participation.

Residents also will elect a selectman, a road commissioner, a fire chief, an AOS 68 director and two budget committee members.

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