January 21, 2020

Bradley voters approve school, town budgets

BRADLEY — Bradley residents passed their municipal and school budgets unchanged Tuesday, and the combined $1.1 million budgets will result in a minor tax increase.

Tuesday’s annual town meeting was attended by approximately 100 people, which was one of the larger turnouts for such a meeting, said Town Manager Rose Marie Brooks.

During the 2 1/2-hour meeting, the town budget of $322,000 and the school budget of $832,000 were ratified, despite some unsuccessful attempts to make changes, Brooks said.

Combined, the budgets mean a tax increase of less than 1/2 mill. On a $50,000 house, a half-mill increase would mean an increased tax of $25.

Out of the 50 articles before residents, the ones that drew the most attention, according to Brooks, involved contracts with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, the code enforcement officer and some of the school budget articles.

A measure to cut the school budget by $30,000 failed by a wide margin.

Whether to continue to contract with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department drew a lot of attention, Brooks said. In the end, however, residents voted 55 to 27 to continue the contract, which they share equally with Milford.

There also were a lot of questions and comments on the $1,500 increase in the code enforcement budget, she said.

Brooks said Wednesday that the increase from $200 this year to $1,700 next year is necessary because the state requires that all municipalities have a certified code enforcement officer by 1993. The current code enforcement officer is not certified.

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