May 26, 2019

Voters to review Hermon budgets

HERMON — Although the proposed 1996-97 budget reflects increases in spending, the town’s tax rate is expected to remain about the same because of projected revenue and the use of reserves, according to the town manager.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 7 tonight at the Hermon Municipal Building, before the regular Town Council meeting.

Town Manager Kathryn Ruth said Tuesday that the overall budget for 1996-97 comes in at $8,471,776, an increase of $526,720 over last year’s budget.

The school budget, which has been approved by the council, is set this year at $6,649,246, an increase of $100,000 over last year’s.

The council has approved presenting to voters a regular operational budget of $1,519,680, an increase of $128,870, and capital expenditures of $302,850, which will fund two capital projects associated with sewer system improvements, for a total municipal budget of $1,822,530.

Ruth said a capital expenditure of $117,000 is needed to purchase additional sewer flow capacity from Bangor, and a new sewer pump station is needed to replace a 22-year-old system that serves Freedom Industrial Park, numerous businesses and residences along Route 2, and two residential roadways.

While the overall budget expenditures are up $526,720, said Ruth, they are nearly balanced by increases in revenue sources and the use of the town’s reserve accounts in the amount of $451,105.

Ruth said that with an estimated increase in the town’s local valuation of more than $7 million, the tax rate has been estimated for the coming year at between $11.97 and $12.57 per $1,000 valuation, compared to the current tax rate of $12.25.

Voters will have a final say on the budget when they gather for the annual town meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Hermon Elementary School gymnasium. The polls will be open at the 8 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. for the election of municipal officers.

Sandra Brackett will not seek re-election for Town Council, although Walter J. Munn is seeking re-election to that board. He will be joined by candidates Stephen Joy and Anthony Smen, who also are running for the two available three-year terms.

Former Councilor Harold Mailman is running unopposed for the two years remaining on the term of Anne Freeman, who has announced her resignation from the council.

Also, Robert Duran will run with no opposition to serve the one year that remains on Charles Somers’ council seat. Somers resigned in April, citing personal reasons, only months after winning the election to replace the late Robert Yackobitz as a councilor.

Candidates Charles Lindsey Jr. and Scott Hagemeyer will go head to head for the one school board seat in the race to replace Peggy Elmer, who decided not to seek re-election for another three-year term.

A meet-the-candidates night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the municipal building, sponsored by Hermon Kiwanis Club and the Hermon Business Association.

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