St. George voters OK town budget

Posted May 16, 2012, at 2:10 p.m.
Last modified May 16, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.

ST. GEORGE, Maine — Residents gave their approval Tuesday night to a $2.4 million municipal budget that will run through June 2013.

The 125 residents who gathered at the annual town meeting approved the budget as recommended by the selectmen, according to Town Manager John Falla. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes.

A day earlier, residents elected municipal officials at the polls. William Reinhardt, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, was re-elected without opposition to the board for another three years.

Sherman Hoyt was unopposed to a three-year seat on the RSU 13 board. Hoyt will replace Don Choquette next month. Choquette did not seek re-election.

The $2.4 million municipal budget for the next year compares with a $3.45 million budget for an 18-month period that will end June 30. The 18-month budget was enacted as the town switched from a calendar year budget to a July 1 through June 30 budget. The 2010 calendar year budget for the town was $2.27 million.

The public roads budget is the largest account in the 2012-2013 budget, approved at $632,175. Within that budget, $345,000 is proposed for paving.

The municipal budget is not expected to make a change to the town’s tax rate. The tax rate will not be known until after the RSU 13 budget is approved in June.

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