June 18, 2018
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Holden elections set for Tuesday

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — Residents in town will choose one selectmen and two school board members from a list of newcomers at Tuesday’s local town elections. The winners will be announced at Wednesday’s annual town meeting.

Richard L. Barclay and David R. Black are running against each other for the open selectmen seat now held by Joel Swanton, who decided not to seek re-election.

Barclay, an avid letter writer to the Bangor Daily News who has provided his opinions about the price of gas, gas-guzzling state vehicles and utility rate increases, could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

David “Rod” Black moved to the area in 1986 with his wife, Jane.

“The only reason I’m running is because I want to get involved,” he said Sunday. “I want to make a difference.”

Black retired from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. after many years as controller and treasurer, and has more than 35 years of business experience, he said. After retiring, he studied to become a financial advisor and also runs Bookkeeping Express, which small businesses can turn to for accounting services.

Ryan Haulk and Joy Knowles, a retired teacher, are running uncontested for the RSU 63 school board seats of Mario Teisel and Kevin Mills, who are stepping down.

Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Tuesday at the town office.

The cost of education, county taxes and the municipal budget are all increasing by about $113,000, but nearly half of the overall increase is for a new firetruck, Town Manager John Butts has said.

Residents will vote on the $2.37 million municipal budget for 2012-13 in the following categories:

• $321,664 for general government.

• $333,350 for administration.

• $92,500 for economic development.

• $835,473 for public safety.

• $652,300 for public works.

• $135,500 for sanitation.

The total amount of debt service is not listed in the town report.

Residents also will consider setting aside $100,000 in funds for technical assistance with the planned Interstate 395-Route 9 connector, something they have done since 2004.

The RSU 63 fiscal year 2012-13 budget is $9,195,081, an increase of around $67,000 or 1.56 percent over last year, business manager Yvonne Mitchell has said.

The school budget is split between Holden, Eddington and Clifton. Holden’s share is $2,333,200, an increase of just over $14,000.

The Penobscot County tax for the coming year is $315,900, an increase of $6,505.

What the property tax rate will look like will not be determined until the end of June, Butts said.

The annual town meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holden Elementary School.

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