Mariaville voters approve budget

OTIS — Twenty-two registered voters passed 53 articles at the Mariaville Town Meeting and denied one requesting a $100 contribution to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. The June 28 meeting was held at the Beech Hill School in Otis, where citizens approved a $500,000 municipal budget, after amending one article. Article 5A had asked for approval for an upgrade to the town computer and security system, as required by the Maine Municipal Association and the TRIO software used by the town, with the $10,000 cost to come from the town’s investment account. The amendment allows the investment account to be reimbursed by funds taken from the town’s undesignated funds account.

While MPBN’s request failed to pass, voters approved $11,266 in requests from charitable organizations outside of Mariaville and $3,200 for local summer recreation for children, a local scholarship fund and student participation in Destination Imagination tournaments. The approved requests include $2,052 to the Ellsworth Public Library, $600 to the Emmaus Center and $1,000 to the Down East Family YMCA.

Third Selectman Craig Noble ran unopposed and will serve an additional three-year term, while Planning Board Chairman Ross Edgecomb was returned by voters for another three years. Edgecomb also serves as first selectman. Also, the Board of Selectmen was approved to act as road commissioner for a one-year term.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]

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