Hermon voters to consider truck/plow purchase, tax commitment amendment

Posted Sept. 25, 2012, at 8:02 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of a dump truck and a plow and to adjust their 2012-13 tax commitment during a special town meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday.

A regular meeting of the Town Council will immediately follow.

During the special town meeting, residents will consider using $36,000 from the Public Works Equipment Reserve Account to buy a used truck and plow equipment for winter snow removal.

Town Manager Roger Raymond said Tuesday that Hermon voters authorized the lease of a new dump truck and plow setup during their annual town meeting.

Given that the town is responsible for plowing 15 miles of roadway a year, Raymond recommended — and town councilors agreed — that the town should instead buy a used dump truck, a 2002 International to be specific, and keep its existing truck as a spare.

The other matter going before voters Thursday night is a warrant article seeking to amend the town’s 2012-13 tax commitment, Raymond said.

The purpose of the amendments is to increase revenues to offset municipal expenses by adding $15,000 to revenue sharing, $120,000 to the unrestricted fund balance account and $76,909 to tax-increment financing revenues, according to an explanatory note on the special town meeting warrant.

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