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The year 2012 has been relatively quiet and smooth running. Our big issue continues to be the poor condition of our town roads and how best to address that problem with the limited resources we have.
There have been suggestions from the Governor’s office to cut spending. If Revenue Sharing, Homestead Exemption, and General Assistance reimbursement cuts do come to pass, this lost revenue will have to be made up at the local level or cuts will have to be made if possible.
We have tried to hold the line on the budget this year. However some accounts did grow, bottom line increased just under $12,000 or 5% with $4000 of that for the Highway account and $4500 for Rubbish and Recyclables.
The lack of recycling is evident in the growing cost at the transfer station. Take a few minutes and separate the recyclables from your trash instead of separating the cash from your wallet.
The biggest piece of your tax dollars will go to the school system. We can only hope that the Board of Directors can try to hold the line as hard as we have tried here at the town office. As many may know school funding at the state level may be in jeopardy and if so any cuts will have to be made up at the local level or cuts made.
All of these issues have an impact on the amount of property tax you will be assessed. Get involved and have your voice heard.
Following is a list of positions that are or will be vacant or terms are ending and up for nominations. If you are interested in any of the following, come to Town Meeting and get your name out there.
Selectman Seat – three year term
Treasurer – three year term
MSAD #72 Directors – alternate
Planning Board – two positions – four year terms
Cemetery Committee – three year term
Budget Committee – three year term
Conservation Committee – three year term
Board of Selectmen