St. George budget calls for no tax hike

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 14, 2013, at 10:47 a.m.

ST. GEORGE, Maine — The proposed 2013-2014 municipal budget would mean no change in the town’s tax rate as long as there are no significant cuts in state aid.

Town Manager John Falla unveiled his $2.4 million proposed budget to selectmen on Feb. 4. The spending is down $6,000 from the approved 2012-2013 budget.

Solid waste is the largest account in the budget at $523,000. This is an increase of $45,000 from last year. The budget includes $65,000 to purchase equipment for composting.

The roads and bridges budget is proposed at $487,000, down $145,000. The town office budget is proposed at $520,000, up about $20,000. The public safety budget is proposed at $334,000, down $5,000.

The social and community services account is proposed to jump from $45,000 to $152,000 because of requests from the Midcoast Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance, the area cemetery associations and the ambulance association.

The overall budget includes 2 percent raises for employees.

The town manager also said he expects a $25,000 request to come in from the Town Education Committee.

Falla acknowledged in his budget message that the town could lose $78,500 if the governor’s budget is approved as recommended.

“My recommendation at this time is to not react to the daily changing positions and attitudes, but to wait and see what the final decision and impact is, and react accordingly,” Falla stated.

The budget will be reviewed by selectmen and the budget committee before being sent to voters at the annual June 14 town meeting.

Beginning Tuesday, nomination papers will be available for two three-year terms on the Select Board and one three-year term on the Regional School Unit 13 Board. The Select Board seats are held by Linwood Smith and Donald Lunt. The RSU 13 seat is held by George Emery.

A minimum of 25 signatures of registered voters is needed on the papers, with the filing deadline being 4 p.m. Friday, March 29.

The election will be June 13.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/14/news/midcoast/st-george-budget-calls-for-no-tax-hike/ printed on August 20, 2014