HERMON, Maine — It’s almost that time of year for Hermon residents, who will fill local offices and approve budgets for town and school operations during elections and the annual town meeting next week.
In local elections on June 10, residents will fill the expiring Town Council seats held by Anthony Reynolds and Ann Freeman. Reynolds is not seeking re-election but Freeman is. Donna Pulver and Donna Ellis also are running. Both seats are for three years.
Also expiring is the School Committee seat held by Richard Guthrie, who is not seeking another term. Candidates for the three-year post are Ted Harris and Ralph Carr.
Hermon voters also will vote on a school budget validation referendum. The proposed $11,970,608 education budget for 2014-15 is down $151,233 from the current budget, according to Town Manager Roger Raymond. The decrease is because, in part, of the retirement of construction debt for Hermon High School, he said.
The school budget will require $4,163,344 in local tax dollars, or $2,894 more than this year, according to the 2014-15 budget summary posted on the town’s website.
The polls will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Hermon Elementary School gym.
The annual town meeting is 6:30 p.m. June 12 in the Hermon High School auditorium.
During the meeting, voters will consider a $5,512,915 budget for municipal operations in the fiscal year ahead. The proposed budget reflects a roughly 2.5 percent increase.
Raymond said the budgets for town and school operations will require a small increase in the town’s property tax rate, which is projected to increase from the $11.91 per $1,000 in property valuation to $11.98 per $1,000.