Town, school budgets up in Surry

SURRY — Proposed municipal and school budgets for FY 2019, which starts July 1, have increased — about $110,000 between the two — said Selectman Bill Matlock.

Matlock led an overview of the municipal budget and annual Town Meeting articles on Monday at the Surry Elementary School.

The Surry Community Improvement Association hosted the meeting to prepare residents for the annual Town Meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the school gym.

“Yes, our mill rate is going up, but we’re still significantly a well-managed town,” Matlock said. Surry has the fourth lowest mill rate out of Hancock County’s 37 municipalities, he said.

The tax increase will be modest.

A resident with a $200,000 property paid $1,687 in property taxes this year. Next year, taxes on that property will total $1,711, or $24 more.

The total education budget is proposed at $2,642,002, or $98,286 more than this year, according to the town’s expenses summary.

Proposed municipal spending, which includes a $172,736 county tax bill, totals $1,063,472, according to the summary.

In other business, polls will be open Friday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Matlock is running uncontested for another three-year term.

Incumbent School Board member Michelle Berger is running uncontested for a three-year term on the board.

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