Tremont Budget Talks Continue



TREMONT — Selectmen on Monday continued to work on a proposed 2010-2011 budget to send to the floor of the May town meeting.

The five-member board voted unanimously to recommend that nearly $675,000 in funding requests receive town meeting approval.

 

Almost $616,000 of that amount is in municipal requests. These requests include $210,000 for summer road maintenance, $134,000 for winter road maintenance, $167,640 for debt service, and $20,000 apiece for insurance and tax abatements.

According to town manager Millard Billings, the summer road budget includes money to repave the Richtown Road. The winter road budget has remained at $134,000 since it was set in the fall of 2006, the year the town first took over plowing instead of contracting for the work. Debt service is on a fire truck, construction of the salt/sand shed and on an $850,000 bond issue for the town’s share of the federal dredging of Bass Harbor and construction work at the town office and fire stations.

The remaining $59,000 recommended by selectmen for passage is in requests from boards and committees. Bass Harbor Memorial Library is requesting $40,000, a $100 increase from this year’s budget. The town’s planning board is requesting $6,350; the comprehensive plan committee, $3,264. Dues for the Acadia Disposal District membership have been set at $5,222, and $1,370 has been budgeted for hazardous waste disposal. The Tremont Historical Society is requesting $2,500.

For more political news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

 

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