Glenburn voters to choose town councilors, school committee members, decide budget

Posted June 10, 2013, at 10:23 p.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — Residents will go to the polls Tuesday to fill Town Council and school committee seats and on Wednesday will meet to decide their municipal and school budgets and consider amendments to the shoreland zoning ordinance.

In local elections, Dennis Casey is the sole candidate for two expiring seats on the council. The other will be filled through a write-in election, according to a specimen ballot posted on the town’s website.

On the school committee section of the ballot, John Higgins and Lauri Jacobs have stepped forward as candidates for two two-year posts on the town’s new five-member school committee, which will take over oversight of local education as of July 1, when Glenburn’s withdrawal from RSU 26 takes effect.

Candidates for the two three-year positions on the committee are Susan O’Roak and Rose Thompson.

With no candidate signed up, the remaining one-year position also will be filled by the winner of a write-in election.

The polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Glenburn Municipal Building.

During the annual town meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenburn School gym, residents will be asked to approve an $8.46 million education budget as well as a $2.3 million budget for municipal operations in 2013-14, according to the annual town meeting and school budget meeting warrant posted on the town website.

Developed by members of Glenburn’s transitional school committee, the proposed education budget calls for a local allocation of $2,362,037 and $1,265,170 in additional local funds, a decrease of $224,196 from this year, according to school budget documents posted on the RSU 26 website.

Also during the annual town meeting, voters will be asked to approve a joint Community Development Block Grant housing assistance program with the town of Hermon, and for permission to borrow up to $3 million for road and street improvements.

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