Union residents to vote on budget

Posted April 11, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.

UNION, Maine — Residents may get to decide in June whether to approve a budget that is up about 5 percent but will require no additional property taxes.

The Board of Selectmen gave its approval this week to a proposed 2012-13 budget and has sent it on to the budget committee for review.

Total spending is proposed at slightly more than $1.9 million. The public works budget is the largest account, proposed at $433,000. This account shows an increase for salt and sand, fuel, and a part-time mechanic.

Union Town Manager Jay Feyler said that after considering other sources of revenues such as surplus, the municipal budget will not require any additional property taxes.

He added, however, the town has not received its projected tax commitment to School Administrative District 40 and thus he does not know what the projected tax rate would be for later this year. The town paid nearly $1.9 million to SAD 40 during the past year.

The town meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the town office.

Voters also will elect two selectmen and one school board member.

Incumbent Selectman Greg Grotton has taken out papers for the two-year seat. Former selectman Abe Knight has taken out papers for the three-year seat. Doris Vertz and Sara Moore have taken out papers for both seats. No one has turned in the papers.

No one has taken out papers for a three-year seat on the SAD 40 board now held by Sherrie Clark.

The deadline for candidates to file papers at the town office is Monday, April 30. The election is Tuesday, June 12.

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