April 26, 2018
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Holden eyes budget cuts, but layoffs unlikely

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — With big cuts to revenue sharing and other state revenues expected and increased operating costs, town officials are proposing cuts, but no layoffs, Town Manager John Butts said on Wednesday.

“On the municipal side, we’ve reduced the budget by $151,000,” he said.

To make cuts that deep, town leaders are proposing reducing funding for reserve accounts by around $100,000 and spreading the rest of the reductions “a little bit across the board,” the town manager said.

“It’s not bleak,” Butts said. The cuts will not result in any layoffs, he said.

The Penobscot County tax has increased by about $6,000 this year, he said, adding he does not know how much the school district will need to educate local students.

To inform residents about the preliminary budget, a meeting was held Monday and another one is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Town Hall. The public budget hearing is 6 p.m. April 12.

Those interested in serving on the Town Council or the SAD 63 board of directors can pick up nomination papers at the Town Hall.

The two Town Council seats up for grabs are held by Paul Amoroso and John Bryant, who is the chairman. The one SAD 63 post that expires in June is held by Sylvia Ellis.

The three openings each have three-year terms.

Election packets must be returned to the town office by April 23 to be listed on the ballot. Local elections are June 8, and the annual town meeting is the next day.

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