June 24, 2018
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Abbot to replace selectman at special town meeting

By Bill Pearson, Piscataquis Observer

ABBOT, Maine — The town has scheduled a special town meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, to fill the vacancy left due to Corey Hill’s resignation as a selectman. He submitted his letter of resignation on July 14, indicating he didn’t have the time to devote to the position.

“It’s not fair to the citizens or other selectmen so I need to submit my resignation due to the need to spend more time in my business,” Hill wrote.

Hill served as selectman for 4½ years.

The selectmen also want a public discussion about the building notification requirements during the special town meeting. Residents are asked to fill out the notices before beginning any renovations, additions, building a camp or any other action that would increase property value. The building notification forms advise residents about state regulations regarding land use. The notifications also alert the town to any property improvements so it can accurately assess land values.

The two remaining selectmen, Mickey Knowles and Basil Patterson, don’t believe the town would adopt any ordinances restricting land use, but they want to discuss how the tax base is affected by residents who do not abide by the building notification policy.

“I’m not sure it will do any good, but I think we need to have that conversation at the town meeting,” Knowles said. “If everybody would notify the town about their projects, it would lower everybody’s taxes because they all would be paying their fair share.”

In other action, Knowles indicated that the tax bills would be sent out in a couple of weeks. He estimated the mill rate would increase from 11.75 to 12.12. He explained the increase was due a dramatic rise in the town’s contribution to local education and county taxes.

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