$3.23 Million Budget Proposed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town officials are proposing a $3.23 million municipal budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1.


“We went into this trying to make it as flat as possible,” said town manager Robin Bennett.

Ms. Bennett’s plan differs slightly from the budget proposed by selectmen. Her budget is $6,400 higher, primarily because she proposes extra funding for the harbor in the capital improvement plan. Still, it reflects a 2 percent, or $64,285, increase of that approved for the current fiscal year. In contrast, the selectmen’s budget is a 1.8 percent increase.

Both versions of the budget will go before the warrant committee for consideration. The committee is first scheduled to meet on Jan. 27 and is expected to make their recommendations on the budget to selectmen in February, Ms. Bennett said. Selectmen will then develop a final budget to present to voters at the annual open town meeting in May.

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