St. George voters double fireworks allowance, approve budget

Posted May 15, 2013, at 2:51 p.m.

ST. GEORGE, Maine — In just over an hour Tuesday, residents adopted the $2.4 million municipal budget for 2013-2014.

Voters overwhelmingly approved doubling the town’s fireworks budget to $10,000. The Select Board had proposed $5,000.

The money is needed for St. George Days, the town’s annual summer fair, which has been faced with dwindling donations for its pyrotechnics show July 20.

Voters also approved $13,000 for a four-week remedial math program for students who need help. Town Manager John Falla said creation of the math program was recommended by the town education committee. The program is open to student at the St. George School, serving students from kindergarten to seventh grade.

The $2,442,288 overall municipal budget is up $39,500 — less than 2 percent — from the 2012-2013 budget.

The budget will require no additional property taxes from residents. The municipal property tax rate is not expected to increase when it is set later this year because the town could be billed less by Regional School Unit 13.

About 100 people turned out for the annual town meeting, according to Falla.

Voters also approved:

• $523,000 for solid waste, a $45,000 increase.

• $487,000 for town roads and bridges, $145,000 less than last year.

• $520,000 for the town office budget, up $20,000.

• $334,000 for public safety, a $5,000 decrease from last year.

• Two percent raises for employees.

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