Holden budget increasing slightly

Posted May 17, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — Draft budget figures and other annual town meeting warrant items will be presented Monday to the Town Council. The cost of education, county taxes and the municipal budget are all expected to increase moderately next year.

The town’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2012-13 is $2,370,967, an increase of $113,190 from this year, Town Manager John Butts said Thursday.

“We purchased a firetruck and financed half the cost and have to make payment for the next five years of about $50,000,” he said, explaining the budget increase. “The rest is a lot of small stuff.”

The SAD 63 budget for next year also has increased slightly compared to this year, business manager Yvonne Mitchell said Thursday.

The SAD 63 fiscal year 2012-13 budget is $9,195,081, and “the overall increase to the budget is $67,736 — that’s only a 1.56 percent over last year,” she said.

The school budget is split between Holden, Eddington and Clifton. Holden’s share is $2,333,200, an increase of just over $14,000.

The Penobscot County tax for the coming year is $315,900, an increase of $6,505.

The annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 13, at Holden Elementary School.

Local elections are also on June 13, with polls open 7 a.m.-8 a.m. at the town office. Residents will select one selectmen and two school board members from a list of newcomers.

Richard L. Barclay and David R. Black are running for the selectmen seat now held by Joel Swanton, who decided not to seek re-election.

Ryan Haulk and Joy Knowles, a retired teacher, are running uncontested for the seats of Mario Teisel and Kevin Mills, who are stepping down.

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