State funding cuts opposed

MOUNT DESERT — A resolution calling on the Legislature to reject Gov. Paul LePage’s proposals to reduce state funding for cities, towns and schools was adopted by selectmen here Monday night.

The governor wants to suspend municipal revenue sharing for two years, shift more of the cost of general assistance to municipalities and further cut state support for public schools.

The selectmen’s resolution urged the Legislature to identify “less harmful cost savings and raise revenue in an equitable fashion to avoid this regressive tax shift.”

Selectman Rick Mooers introduced the resolution, which he said has been “traveling throughout Hancock County.”

Last year, Mount Desert received $45,200, a tiny percentage of its $13.6-million budget.

Board chairman Tom Richardson said the governor’s budget-balancing proposals are “a terrible idea.” But he expressed frustration that resolutions that criticize something, such as the governor’s proposals, rarely offer any concrete alternative solutions.

Selectman John Macauley agreed, describing the adoption of such resolutions as “basically it’s just a group whine.”

Nevertheless, he joined three other board members in voting for the resolution. Selectman Dennis Shubert cast the only no vote.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]