December 13, 2019

Owls Head OKs larger town budget

OWLS HEAD — Voters approved a proposed $321,300 municipal budget Monday night at town meeting with only minor changes. The budget represents an increase of $134,105 from last year, an 11.9 percent jump.

But voters rejected a $1,500 request from Rockland for support of city recreational programs used by Owls Head residents. Also rejected was a request for money for eventual construction of a new sewage disposal system for the Ingraham’s Hill area.

Town Clerk Linda Christie, elected Monday night, said that voters felt that the proposal was too vague. The Ingraham’s Hill sewer problems are now under study by a committee. Voters felt it was wise to await the recommendations of that committee, before approving funds.

Voters approved $48,750 for general government, $44,250 for public safety, $184,600 for public works, $27,910 for debt service, $3,000 for completion of the community building and $6,500 for unclassified. A bid to increase the unclassified account for $1,000 for additional work on the community building, was eventually rejected.

The human services account was passed at $6,640 which contained an increase for Midcoast Children’s Services from the recommended $250 to the requested $600.

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