June 21, 2018
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Eddington voters re-elect 2 selectmen, pick new school board member

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

EDDINGTON, Maine — Incumbents Charles Baker Jr. and Peter Lyford each earned another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen during local elections held Monday, according to unofficial election results provided Tuesday by Town Manager Russell Smith.

School board newcomer Rusty Gagnon, with 66 votes tallied, was elected to the SAD 63 panel while write-in challenger Mark Carriera earned 49 votes, the town manager said.

Gagnon will replace SAD 63 member Donald MacKenzie, who did not run for re-election.

Lyford received 89 votes and Baker tallied 74 to reclaim their selectman’s seats, and resident Charles Lazore earned 68.

At Tuesday night’s annual town meeting, residents were expected to vote on a partial budget because the town is aligning its fiscal year with the state’s, Smith said.

Eddington’s current fiscal year runs from Feb. 1 to Jan. 31 and the state’s runs July 1 to June 30. That means residents will return on June 18 to deal with next year’s budget, the town manager said.

“By then we’ll know all the figures and what’s going to happen with revenue sharing, homestead exemptions, excise taxes” and other revenue cuts proposed in Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion biennial budget, Smith said.

Eddington is set to lose around $98,544 in revenue sharing, which is about 10 percent of the town’s approximately $1,014,000 budget, if the governor’s proposed budget is approved, Smith said.

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