Saturday, March 8, 2014
2013 Town Meetings
By Paul Koenig firstname.lastname@example.org
WINDSOR — The proposed municipal budget isn't expected to increase the tax burden for residents, but the town will face a tax hike if the proposed school budget passes later this month.
Town Meeting: 10 a.m. Saturday, Windsor Elementary School
Total proposed budget: $1,680,061 (Board of Selectmen), $1,678,561 (Budget Committee)
Issues of note: Using $300,000 from unassigned fund balance for major road construction and $200,000 from unassigned fund balance for transfer station improvements
Registered voters: 1,778
Voters at 2012 Town Meeting: fewer than 50
Current property tax rate: $12.40 per $1,000 of assessed value
Elections: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall
Contested races: none
Town Manager Theresa Haskell said the proposed municipal budget increase of less than 3 percent should be offset by additional revenue from continued construction of a new Central Maine Power Co. substation.
The Board of Selectmen is recommending a budget of $1,680,061, and the Budget Committee is recommending a $1,678,561 budget.
The annual Town Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Windsor Elementary School, and the municipal election will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Hall.
Only one candidate is on the Tuesday ballot for seven open positions.
Selectman Jonathan Adams is running for re-election, but there are no candidates on the ballot for three open Budget Committee seats, along with two alternates, and one seat on the Regional School Unit 12 School Board.
The proposed RSU 12 budget, which now will go to a validation vote on June 28, would increase taxes in Windsor by $168 for a property valued at $100,000.
The proposed municipal budget is asking for increases to reserve accounts, funding for replacing public works trucks, a public works building addition and a generator in the Town Hall, Haskell said.
The warrant also asks voters to decide whether to take $300,000 out of the unassigned fund balance for major road construction, increasing the road budget to $550,000.
A separate warrant article requests $200,000 from the unassigned fund balance to pay for the final phase of transfer station improvements. Haskell said the town is trying to make the transfer station more self-sufficient.
Haskell said she expects most of the discussion at the Town Meeting will be about the revenue side, specifically funding from the state.
She thinks the proposed municipal budget continues town services while funding additional work.
"I believe the townspeople are for it, from what I've heard, but it's hard to know until you get to the Town Meeting," Haskell said.
Residents also will vote on a proposed ordinance and ordinance changes at the meeting.
A proposed animal trespass and nuisance ordinance sets guidelines for when the animal control officer, an authorized employee of the town, or a law enforcement officer, can remove or control a trespassing animal. It also sets penalties for the owners or keepers of animals found to be a nuisance or trespassing.
Voters also will deal with proposed amendments to the acceptance of streets and ways ordinance, which sets guidelines for town roads.
Paul Koenig — 621-5663