Brooksville residents line up to vote for a school warrant article by secret ballot. PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

Municipal, school budgets slightly up in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville residents sailed through all 64 warrant articles and 21 school warrant articles during the two-hour Town Meeting Tuesday night at Brooksville Elementary School.

Residents approved a final municipal budget of $932,361, which is an increase of $41,035, or 4.6 percent, over last year.

That increase was due in part to the $150,000 needed to resurface town roads. Selectman John Gray said Road Commissioner Mark Blake was looking to prioritize the Varnumville Road.

Also approved was an article that would reserve $10,000 for the town’s future assessment. Gray said the last assessment cost the town nearly $100,000 and a reserve fund would slowly build funds for when that time comes.

Residents voted to approve a new Fish Committee so that representatives from the towns of Brooksville, Penobscot and Sedgwick can meet to discuss maintaining and moving alewives and other native fish species to town streams and ponds. The formation of the committee comes at no cost to the town.

The approved $1.8-million school budget is up less than 1 percent over last year.

“This is pretty much a maintenance budget,” said Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt.

The elementary school driveway will be replaced with $40,000 from that budget.

Election results offered little surprises, as there was only one contested election for two School Board seats. In that election, incumbent Helen Condon will spend three more years on the board along with newly elected member Patricia Tapley.

Gray was re-elected as selectman and uncontested Budget Advisory Committee candidates Dana Hooper, Andrew Ladd and incumbent Earl Clifford will sit on that board.

Freida Peasley will return to her post as treasurer, as will Fire Chief Matthew Dow.

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