May 21, 2018
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Public hearing on budget to be held

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — A slightly revised municipal budget will go before the Town Council when it meets for a public hearing on the fiscal forecast on Jan. 15.

During a recent council meeting, the group voted to send the more than $8.5 million budget to a public hearing where it will accept public comment on the proposal.

The board of budget review has been looking at the budget since late November and proposed changes that the council considered during a recent meeting. During the final meeting of the budget committee, the group ended up adding $24,500 to the budget.

Initially the budget committee added $25,000 to the economic development and consultants line item in the administration budget. During the council meeting, however, the group opted to take $10,000 from that line item.

The budget committee also suggested the council add $3,000 to the health and social services budget, an idea the council rejected after seeing that all of the money from that line item had not been used in the previous year.

The budget committee also had recommended that the council add an additional $1,000 to the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging line item, but the council again chose not to accept that proposal.

In total, the council will produce a budget at the public hearing that is $14,000 less than what the board of budget review had recommended.

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