BREWER — Anyone who wants to tell legislators how the proposed state budget will affect towns and cities, but doesn’t want to travel to Augusta to do so, should mark the calendar.
On Monday, March 25, from 3 to 8 p.m., the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing at Jeff’s Catering & Event Center in Brewer.
The goal, according to a posting on the state website, is to “hear testimony of those initiatives in LR 1046 [the proposed biennial budget] affecting municipalities.”
Among those initiatives are proposed changes to the excise tax, revenue sharing program, homestead exemption for taxpayers and general purpose aid for local schools.
Maureen Dawson, an analyst who serves in the Office of Fiscal and Program Review, said the hearing will be akin to a “road show.”
It will have all the rules of a hearing in Augusta — speakers must sign-in, and will be limited to three minutes each — but will take place in a new setting.