GREENVILLE, Maine — If municipal officials follow Town Manager Gary Lamb’s recommendation Sept. 7, the tax rate will be set at $12 per $1,000 property valuation.
The present tax rate is $11.50 per $1,000 property valuation.
Lamb recently gave selectmen three tax rate options, depending upon the amount of overlay they wanted. The town’s overlay, a pot of money used for emergency situations, would be $141,843 if a tax rate of $12 is approved. The other options were a tax rate of $12.10 for an overlay of $175,748 and $12.15 for an overlay of $192,700.
The town started this fiscal year with about $163,000 in surplus, so that combined with a $12 tax rate would give the town slightly more than $300,000 in overlay, the amount the town should have, Lamb said Friday.
Selectmen this week scheduled a public hearing on a cable television contract for Sept. 20 in the town hall. The 15-year contract the town has had with Moosehead Cable expires on Sept. 18. Lamb said any cable vendors can vie for the new contract. As part of the contract, town officials want a clause included that would allow for a local channel should the town ever want to broadcast meetings and special events.