July 23, 2018
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Friendship voters amend town budget

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Residents made a few changes to the municipal budget but there were no fireworks at the annual town meeting Tuesday night.

Residents cut about $3,400 from the public works budget as proposed by the selectmen, bringing it down to $142,613. The figure is more than $8,000 less than the $151,000 budgeted for the account last year.

The budget trimming also included a reduction in pay for the road commissioner from about $32,000 to $28,650. During voting on Monday, veteran road commissioner Kyle Martin Sr. was defeated by Stewart Harrington for the post Martin had held for 16 years.

Residents also rejected 18-17 a budget article calling for $6,500 for fireworks on Friendship Day, which is held each summer.

Forty-six people turned out for the meeting.

The overall budget was set by voters at about $701,000, down about $6,000 from the 2011 approved budget. The amount to be raised from property taxes for municipal services is down about 7 percent to about $350,000.

Among the votes, residents agreed to raise up to $1,000 to pay both of the town’s school board representatives $500 to offset the price of fuel to attend meetings.

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