January 21, 2020

St. Francis voters rule on budget, TV tower

ST. FRANCIS — Thirty-seven voters took two hours at St. Francis Tuesday night to approve expenditures of $121,900 for the town for 1997. Of the amount, $75,000 will come from excise tax collections and the remainder will be from taxes.

Voters decided to check the legalities involving the transfer of a television tower and land before accepting it. For years the St. Francis Chamber of Commerce has operated a local television tower for local reception.

The chamber of commerce wants to turn ownership of the tower and land to the town. With the transfer would come $10,000 for maintenance from the chamber of commerce.

Voters decided to seek legal advice before acting. The proposal will be brought to a special town meeting.

Voters refused to raise $250 to pay for a plumbing inspector for the town. They also cut a requested $2,965 from the Northern Maine Homemaker Service to $2,393, the same amount as in 1996.

The remainder of the budget was approved as proposed by the Board of Selectmen.

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