Steuben Voters Approve Reduction in Overdue Property Tax Interest



STEUBEN — Voters at Town Meeting Saturday approved a municipal spending budget of $908,946 and lowered the interest due on overdue property taxes from 6 percent to 4 percent.

 

Reading a good mystery is one way to wile away the time as voters line up for written ballots. — JACQUELINE WEAVER
Reading a good mystery is one way to wile away the time as voters line up for written ballots. — JACQUELINE WEAVER

Voters over the course of the nearly three-hour meeting also beat back efforts to reduce the annual budget for the Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library.

An unsigned letter left at the door to the Ella Lewis School gymnasium said that the town could not afford $12,000 for the library when faced with an austere school budget.

The letter writer later identified herself as Laura Garnett.

Several residents said the library was an important adjunct to the Ella Lewis School, which is located across the street.

They also said the library’s $34,500 reserve is needed for recurring maintenance costs, such as a new roof and painting the building.

An amendment to reduce the appropriation for the library from $12,000 to $5,000 was defeated.

There were five written ballots and dozens of questions Saturday as Steuben voters participated in the nearly four-century-old tradition of Town Meeting.

There was debate over whether to pay the three selectmen a combined stipend of $4,500 for the year — up from $2,000 last year.

The raise went through.

There also was discussion about the $26,950 salary paid to Administrative Assistant Ann Briggs.

Her salary was preserved on a 53-11 written ballot.

The Narraguagus Snowmobile Club did not fare as well.

Voters declined to appropriate $1,500 for the club to use as matching funds to help buy grooming equipment for the Down East Sunrise Trail.

But there was no discussion about the final article on the 39-article warrant — renaming a portion of Smithville Road for Morgan Parritt.

Parritt, of Steuben, died in a two-car collision on Aug. 26, 2009. She was 15 and was to be a sophomore at Sumner Memorial High School.

The portion of Smithville Road that begins at Village Road and ends at Route 1 will now be known as Morgan Parritt Road.

Selectman
David Glass
108 votes

Selectman
Leonard Garnett
73 votes

Board of Assessors
David Glass
108

Board of Overseers
Brenda Atwater
124

Local Advisory Committee (School)
Larry Pinkham 75
Jesse Salisbury 7 (write-in)
William Collins 122

 

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