Dover-Foxcroft budget being prepared for 2012-13

Posted March 01, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.
Last modified March 01, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — With the budget advisory committee set to hold the first of four March meetings next week before an April 4 public hearing and town meeting to affirm the warrant articles on April 28, Dover-Foxcroft selectmen reviewed the spending plan during a meeting Monday.

Town Manager Jack Clukey said that before the work of the budget advisory committee, town appropriations show a projected decrease of just over $143,000, or 3.7 percent. He said this is due to last year’s appropriation for a grader and the fact that no similar appropriations are being included in the 2013 fiscal year budget.

Included in the budget is funding for additional work on gravel roads and the firetruck replacement fund.

At the polls last June, residents approved a budget for the current fiscal year of little more than $4.3 million. After nonproperty tax revenues were included, the net budget totaled just over $3 million to be raised.

“As we move through the process we will get a clearer idea of the school budget,” Clukey said.

He said the town’s share of the county budget is now set, as the selectmen voted to sign the county assessment of a little more than $411,000 for 2012. Dover-Foxcroft’s share is part of a Piscataquis County budget totaling nearly $3,264,000.

“It was $408,000 last year, so it’s gone up just over $3,000,” Clukey said.

“They tried to be fiscally conservation this time, extremely,” said Selectman Jim Annis, who served on the county budget committee. “A few things went up, like health insurance, so they had to adjust for that. It was pretty much flat-line compared to last year, and that’s what we tried to do.”

In other business, selectmen gave their approval to a change in the solid waste fee schedule that will require fees for disposal of all roofing materials as of May 1. Previously only commercial roofing material waste was subject to the fee, while residential materials had no charge.

“What we thought would make this more workable is to charge for all roofing materials,” Clukey said. “This would apply to me if I did my own roofing.”

The selectmen also were updated on a number of ongoing projects and new developments in town. Chris Maas of the Friends of Central Hall presented the board with a line drawing of the first floor of the Central Hall to convert it into an adult day services center. Maas said the line drawing will next go to the building committee, and if it meets that panel’s approval, the concept would go to the project architect for design and construction specifications.

The selectmen were told that the planning board is scheduled to review a site plan for a proposed 24-unit senior housing development at the property on Summer Street that formerly housed a bowling alley. The planning board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the town office meeting room, and Clukey said the developers should have an update on project financing and whether this would result in a delay from a previous anticipated start date of later this year.

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