VERONA ISLAND — Times are tight, and this year’s municipal budget is even tighter.
Voters at the annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Verona Island Town Hall, will be asked to approve a budget significantly higher than last year’s.
Russell Ames, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said he could not provide an exact amount for the budget increase because town officials were still waiting for some figures.
He did see increases across the board, including in the town’s snow removal budget.
To help keep costs down, officials have proposed giving charitable organizations less money than requested. Charitable organizations on this year’s town warrant requested $1,764 in support. Town officials recommended giving $900.
Also on this year’s warrant is an item to designate island wetlands as resource protection zones under conservation easement. Voters rejected a similar item at Town Meeting last year. Ames said the change is required by the state.
Another warrant article seeks to honor a young Verona Island man, Robert Schildroth, who died in World War II.
Article 37 asks residents to appropriate $300 to have Schildroth’s name placed in the field of honor at the Bucksport Area Veterans Memorial.
While costs are up, this year’s Town Meeting will be largely business as usual, according to Ames.