Orono council delays budget hearing over error

Posted June 05, 2012, at 4:09 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The Orono Town Council delayed its presentation of the budget and the public hearing that was supposed to follow Monday night because of an error that needs to be corrected, Town Manager Sophie Wilson said.

The public hearing and council budget discussion have been rescheduled for June 18, and the council will consider adopting the budget during its June 25 meeting.

Wilson said capital expenditures, including some related to the public works garage and future downtown University Credit Union headquarters, were removed from the operating budget and accounted for elsewhere, but that revenues from those capital projects weren’t moved as they should have been.

“It’s definitely not a crisis,” Wilson said, adding that she wanted to be sure the budget was accurate before it was presented to the public.

The council has scheduled budget workshops for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The council also held a public hearing on the boundaries of the Orono Village Center District. Businesses within the boundaries of that district pay an additional tax of 50 cents per thousand dollars of valuation, which goes toward beautification, litter control and event promotion efforts downtown.

The district has been in place since 2000. Its boundaries are revisited every year but have remained unchanged.

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