Proposed budget in Bradley increases, but taxes would go down

Posted April 07, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.

BRADLEY, Maine — The proposed town budget for 2014-15 is going up slightly compared with this year, but the tax rate needed to cover town expenses is expected to fall, according to data provided by Town Manager Melissa Doane.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building.

“The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend, written comment is also accepted,” Doane said in a notice about the meeting.

Written comment may be emailed to Doane at mldoane@roadrunner.com.

The $400,622 municipal budget is expected to increase by about $16,725 to $417,347 for fiscal year 2014-15. The town has a 1.5 percent cost-of-living budget cap, which the proposed budget exceeds by about $10,700, the town manager said in the budget summary posted on the town’s website.

The tax rate needed to cover municipal expenses would drop from approximately $6.74 per $1,000 in property value to $6.48, Doane’s report shows.

Residents interested in running for the two open Town Council seats can pick up nomination papers at the town office. To get on the June 10 ballot, candidates must drop off their completed forms by May 6.

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