Abbot to hold annual town meeting March 21

Posted March 15, 2011, at 2:12 p.m.

ABBOT, Maine — Spending in the town of Abbot is expected to increase by about $65,000 in 2011, Selectwoman Jan Ronco said Tuesday.

A total of $259,970 in expenditures is proposed in this year’s spending plan in comparison to the $194,020 approved for 2010. The budget will be presented for adoption at the annual town meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the municipal building.

Ronco said the increase is reflected in winter roads, assessing costs and less dependency on surplus. The town’s winter roads contract expired and a new contract is expected to reflect higher costs, she noted. In addition, town officials favor using fewer surplus funds in 2011 to offset spending. The increase also is reflected in the fact the town contracted with Hamlin Associates of Parkman to do the assessing.

No wage increases are proposed for town employees.

The current tax rate of $10.35 per $1,000 property valuation is expected to increase by 91 cents to cover municipal and county costs and projected school costs,  Ronco said.

Residents will be asked to consider purchasing a compactor for $20,000 for the recycling program, and the money would be repaid in two to three years, she said. The funds are included in the proposed budget.

Ronco said residents also will be asked if they wish to fund the construction of a roof over the demolition pile so the area can be used all year. The pile is currently closed off from Dec. 1 to April 1.

Elections will include a selectman and a SAD 4 director.

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