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Dover-Foxcroft residents to vote on budget at town meeting

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Residents will vote on a warrant for a 2012-13 fiscal year budget of nearly $4.2 million at the town meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in the gymnasium at the Morton Avenue Municipal Building. Articles approved that day then will be submitted to a referendum at the town office on June 12.

A public hearing on the proposed $4.19 million gross spending plan, up from about $4.02 million, was held on April 4. The budget includes more than $1.8 million in revenue, equaling a net amount of just over $2.37 million to be raised. This figure represents an increase of just over $391,000 from 2011-12 if all of the items are passed as written.

The current version of the warrant includes a dozen articles.

One article asks residents to raise and appropriate $24,000 for recreational programs for residents. The programs would be offered by the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.

“What we did last year was ask Foxcroft Academy to run a youth sports program,” said Cindy Freeman Cyr, vice chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “But it’s very finite, and municipal recreation is a much wider issue. The Y is looking to offer programming for youth, seniors and the entire community.”

Town Manager Jack Clukey said another article seeks nearly $163,000 for capital reserve that would go toward future expenditures and take care of existing machinery.

Clukey said the $40,000 being sought for the fire reserve account would go toward the purchase of a new truck in the future. Another $23,000 sought for the police department would go toward the purchase of a cruiser next year.

Another article asks if the town will raise and appropriate $285,000 for capital improvements and maintenance of local roads. This sum is in excess of the tax levy limit of just over $2,096,000 established for Dover-Foxcroft by state law under LD 1, and if residents choose to pass it they must also approve the ensuing article, which asks to increase the property tax levy limit.

“I think our intention is all of this will go into paving,” Clukey said, with money in the public works line items being used on the 50 miles of town gravel roads in Dover-Foxcroft. He said the town can also vote to accept a little more than $91,000 from the state for local road improvements to add to the total amount used on road upgrades.

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