ORRINGTON, Maine — Local residents should be happy with next year’s preliminary budget figures, which will be presented at two budget hearings Monday, Town Manager Paul White said Thursday.
“The total combined budget will be an increase of about $80,000 — that represents a 0.85 percent increase, which is absolutely fabulous for these times,” White said. “My mission is to have a flat mill rate.”
The current property tax rate is $13.45 per $1,000 in property value.
The public hearing on the school budget is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Center Drive School cafeteria and the public hearing on the town budget is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Preliminary 2012-13 figures show a combined total budget of approximately $9.31 million, which includes a town budget figure of approximately $2,625,000, an increase of about $51,000; $395,068 for Penobscot County taxes, a $2,634 increase; and $6,292,518 for the school budget, an increase of $27,262.
“It’s a 0.44 percent increase — less than half of one percent,” Superintendent Allan Snell said of the draft school budget.
The town’s budget does not have any major additions, White said, but does include funding for maintenance and repair reserve accounts that could be adjusted, if needed, in order to maintain the flat tax rate.
“I don’t know if we could do much better,” the town manager said.