Fuel, population growth push Mariaville budget up



MARIAVILLE — Residents will be presented with a proposed budget 5 or 6 percent higher than last year’s when they gather for their annual Town Meeting.

That meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25. The meeting will be held at the Beech Hill School, 150 Otis Road (Route 180) in Otis.

Administrative Assistant Harry Spencer said the budget increase is due partly to fuel costs.

There aren’t any big-ticket additions to the budget, however.

Municipal elections will be held during the March 25 meeting, with nominations being made from the floor.

Voters will elect a selectman, Planning Board member and assessor. Those seats — currently held by Don Holt Jr., Catherine McKinney and Meghan Fellis, respectively — each carry a three-year term.

Spencer said residents also will choose someone to serve on the Planning Board for one year, filling out the term of Bruce Havey.

Finally, voters will choose a road commissioner for the town for a one-year term. Spencer said selectmen have traditionally been picked to fill that position.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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