Orono council unanimously approves budget, new fee schedule

Sophie Wilson
Sophie Wilson
Posted June 24, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The Town Council unanimously approved the $7.4 million municipal budget Monday night, with little discussion, Town Manager Sophie Wilson said Tuesday.

“If there was going to be fireworks, it would have been two weeks ago [at the budget hearing], and there were none,” she said.

The town budget has increased by $99,017, and that combined with the increased school and county budgets is projected to drive up the property tax rate by about 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, Wilson said.

The fiscal year 2014-15 municipal budget is $7,438,316; the RSU 26 budget is $5,814,357; the Penobscot County budget is $494,893; and the Water Pollution Control Facility budget is $1,947,046, which is $1,621,546 for operation costs and $325,500 for capital improvements.

A public hearing about increasing a number of town fees also was held, and the fees were increased by another unanimous decision, Wilson said.

Passes to go swimming are increasing to $3 for everyone, with individual summer passes increasing from $35 to $50 and family passes going up from $60 to $110; criminal background checks are increasing from $5 to $15; and parking violations are increasing across the board to $30, with the exception of handicap parking violations that remain at $100.

A list of all the fee changes is available at the town office.


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