April 20, 2019

St. George passes $2M municipal budget

St. George residents easily passed a $2 million municipal budget Tuesday, but rejected a pitch to put money away for future public land acquisition.

About 90 people attended the annual town meeting, Town Manager John Falla said Wednesday.

All of the warrant articles were approved, including taking $275,000 from a reserve account to buy a new fire engine. The equipment will replace a 1978 model.

But voters rejected a motion to add $100,000 to the public land acquisition account to buy land in the future, Falla said.

The $2,054,309 municipal budget reflects an 8.9 percent increase over last year’s figure. The amount to be paid through property taxes is $1,287,809, a 30.7 percent increase.

A significant decrease in motor vehicle excise tax revenues this year, coupled with the loss of Grace Institute funds and a renegotiation of the town’s cable television franchise, caused the sharp rise in the net budget. Previously, the town had received as much as $100,000 per year from the Grace Institute for domestic educational programs.

Some of the uncontested positions filled at Monday’s polls were: three-year selectman: Leeanne Cote; three-year SAD 50 board terms: William Reinhardt, Morris Berry and Spencer Hurtt.

Correction: This article ran on page B3 in the State edition.

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