Veazie elections, town meeting coming up

Posted June 07, 2011, at 8:16 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — Residents will choose town councilors and a school committee member and authorize budgets for municipal and school operations in the coming year during their annual elections and town meeting on Tuesday, June 14.

Elections will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the municipal building. This year, voters will elect two town councilors and one school board member. They also will vote in the Riverside RSU budget validation referendum.

Candidates for the two three-year council seats are incumbents Joseph Friedman and Rod Hathaway, who is chairman, and first-time candidates Scott Kigas and Tammy Olson.

No one, however, submitted nomination papers for an expiring seat on the Riverside RSU board, Town Manager Bill Reed said last month.

Reed said that the Riverside RSU position now held by Gavin Batchelder likely will be filled by a write-in candidate.

Town Clerk Karen Humphrey said this week that absentee ballots now are available at the town office.

The annual town meeting will follow at 8 p.m. at Veazie Community School.

Town officials have put together a $4.7 million spending plan for municipal and school operations for the coming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. If adopted as is, the budget will result in no change in the property tax rate, which stands at $18.80 per thousand in property valuation.

That figure includes Veazie’s $2.6 million share of the Riverside RSU education budget, a net municipal budget of $1,047,000 as well as the town’s assessments from the Orono-Veazie Water District and Veazie Sewer District and the county tax payment, Town Manager Bill Reed said earlier.

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