ORRINGTON – Town leaders are telling residents to attend two important meetings in April, Town Manager Carl Young said Tuesday.
The first is the school and town budget hearing, set for 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Center Drive School. At the meeting, residents can voice their opinions about making changes to the budgets before figures are printed for the annual town meeting in June.
The second meeting, set for 7 p.m. April 24 at the school, concerns solving space and code violations issues at the town hall. Three options – building a new facility, renovating the current building or building a municipal-recreational complex at the former HoltraChem site – will be discussed at the meeting.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has contacted the town and said the ongoing cleanup of the HoltraChem site’s contamination is continuing, Young announced at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting. The DEP recently had informed Young that the cleanup had stopped.
The preliminary municipal budget has increased to $2,220,752, an increase of about $300,000 over last year’s $1.9 million.
The preliminary school budget for 2006-07 is $5,998,295, an increase of $237,182 or 4.12 percent more than this year, Superintendent Allan Snell said Tuesday. Even so, the school department is asking for $106,900 less from taxpayers for 2006-07 because of an increase to the state’s subsidy, he said.
The local allocation for the school is now set at $1,854,400.
The school board is expected to complete its figures during their next meeting, 7 p.m. April 4 at Center Drive School.
The Penobscot County tax increased from this year’s $277,428 to $296,967 for 2006-07, and the preliminary overall budget is expected to be $8,219,047, Young said. Projected growth in property values should help to offset the municipal increases, he added.
After the town and school budget figures are presented to residents, a post-budget review will be conducted before the figures are sent to the printer in May, Young said. Residents have the final say in the matter and will compile final figures at the June annual town meeting.