April 20, 2019

Bradley write-in candidate wins school board seat

BRADLEY — The first phase of the Bradley annual town meeting was held Tuesday when 227 of the town’s 716 registered voters showed up at the polls to elect Fred Canning to the Town Council and elect Patricia Bingaman on a write-in candidacy to serve on the School Committee.

Bingaman has accepted the write-in supporet and will serve on the board, said Town Manager Rose Brooks.

The business portion of the town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Viola Rand School.

Voters will be asked to approve municipal expenditures of $321,832 and educational costs amounting to $832,235, for a total of $1,154,067.

“We are probably looking at a 10- to 10.5-mill rate this year,” said Town Manager Brooks. That will be a 1-mill increase from this year’s 9.5-mill rate.

In her warrant report to the voters Brooks said, “The state financial status has not improved over the past year, in fact it has worsened. This has caused some very difficult decisions for both the town council and school committee … Both groups have worked very hard to deal with the issue of shrinking state funds. It is not easy finding yourself in the middle of a budget year with less money coming in than expected, but both groups have weathered the storm.”

Superintendent Brent Colbry reported in the warrant that “the Bradley School Department will close the year with an estimated balance of $35,000, about 4 percent of the total budget, as a result of balances in the principal, operation and maintenance, elementary tuition and special education tuition accounts.

“The proposed 1992-93 budget of $832,235 represents an $11,328 or 1.3 percent decrease over the current budget. The local request, however, is up $16,374.99 due to the substantial decrease in the projected balance and reduction in state aid.

“The major increase in the proposed 1992-93 budget is the elementary tuition account which is up $11,968 to offset an anticipated tuition rate increase and the cost of additional students. Audit costs have increased and the proposed budget includes funds for new social studies textbooks. Other accounts are either less or only slightly more than in 1991-92 in order to keep the local request down,” Colbry stated.

In addition to the major budget items, voters will be asked agree to entering into an agreement with the Maine State Police making the state police responsible for all aspects of concealed weapons permits. The state police would receive any fees authorized by the state for performing these functions. The town currently performs this task.

Voters also will be asked this year to appropriate money for the community beautification project. The funds would be used to pay for legal fees associated with enforcement of state statutes pertaining to automobile graveyards, junkyards, and similar establishments.

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