Budget timeline, two local races on ballot in Bucksport

Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 8:28 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Local voters will be asked on Nov. 8 whether to approve an ordinance that changes the timeline for when the town manager and Town Council members must complete work on the annual budget.

The referendum, which appears as Question 1 on the local ballot, is intended to give the town more flexibility when preparing a spending plan with the state budget and the local school system, according to Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond.

Moving the deadlines back several weeks — to roughly mid-June — will allow the town manager and the Town Council to better align Bucksport’s budget process with RSU 25 as well as with the development of a state budget by lawmakers in Augusta. For instance, state lawmakers did not complete work on the current two-year budget until mid-June.

Voters will also cast ballots in two local races featuring incumbents seeking re-election to their posts.

Town Council members Michael Ormsby and Jeffrey Robinson Sr. are both seeking to stay on the council for another 3 years. RSU 25 School Committee members Thomas Foster and Melinda Stegner are also seeking re-election for an additional three-year term. There are no contenders in either race.

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