“No” Vote Urged on YMCA Funds

SURRY — The practice of contributing taxpayer dollars to outside charitable organizations has sparked considerable debate at Surry’s annual Town Meeting for the past two years. This year, the topic will get top billing.

Selectman Eleanor Carlisle said requests for charitable contributions are moved to the front of the Town Meeting warrant this year so that the greatest number of voters will be on hand for the decisions.

The business portion of the Town Meeting convenes at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Surry Elementary School. In annual elections, Carlisle and school board member Laura Pellerano are unopposed in their bids for re-election. Polls will be open at the municipal building from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 24.

Both the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee recommend a “no” vote in the articles which seek taxpayer contributions to Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice, Hospice of Hancock County, Surry School Playground project, the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth, and the Washington Hancock Community Agency.

Carlisle said the proposed municipal spending budget of $771,583 represents a 6-percent reduction of the current budget. The amount to be raised by property taxation to support municipal spending is $281,912, also down about 6 percent.

The proposed school budget is $21,275 or 0.8 percent less than the current budget, but unlike the municipal side, a loss of more than $200,000 in revenue means the portion of the school budget supported by local property taxes will increase by $190,000, or 8.9 percent.

Surry received $210,269 in general purpose aid from the state to support its current school budget. The amount drops to $47,248 in the coming budget. If the state decides not to enforce penalties for failure to form consolidated school districts, Surry’s subsidy would increase to $94,496.

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Nicole Ouellette

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