June 21, 2018
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Hearing set for proposed Hermon budget

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on their proposed municipal budget for the coming fiscal year during a public hearing set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Town Council chambers.

Town Manager Clinton Deschene said last week that local officials have drafted a $4,834,613 municipal spending plan that would be offset by a projected $3,347,755 in revenues and $465,000 in unrestricted net assets, informally known as fund balance.

Among other things, the budget includes a $160,000 rescue service contingency. How much of that, if any, will actually be spent depends on what local officials do about ambulance services.

The council’s decision earlier this year to implement a fire-based emergency medical services system remains on hold pending the recommendation of a local task force comprising residents and representatives of Hermon Rescue and the town’s Fire Department. Expenditures from that account would require special town meeting approval, Deschene said.

Because the cost for paving materials has decreased, the budget also calls for more paving, he said. Among the streets and roads slated for overlay are Ohio Street, part of Bog Road and all of Pine Tree, Lewis and Clark roads, Bishop Drive and Maple Leaf Lane.

A recent reorganization and cross-training of town office staff has achieved efficiencies and the ability to eliminate the equivalent of half a position, Deschene said. Another staffing change is that the deputy road commissioner’s duties have been added to the recreation director’s position.

School officials are requesting $3,924,444 for Hermon’s share of education costs, Deschene said. The portion of the school budget to be borne by local taxpayers is expected to increase somewhat because of an expected reduction in state assistance.

Barring any major changes, the proposed municipal budget, along with the local share for education costs, will result in a projected tax rate of $11.80 per $1,000 in property valuation, up about 4 percent from this year’s $11.54 per $1,000, Deschene said.

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