MACHIAS – Washington County’s commissioners will turn over their proposed budget for the 2007 year today at 3 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse.
The public – which has not been privy to discussions among commissioners and department heads so far – will get its first glimpse of the proposed figures at the meeting.
“Everyone will get a copy at the door,” county clerk Katie Greenlaw said Wednesday. “No one but the commissioners has a copy.”
The 2006 budget is approximately $5.5 million.
The 10-person budget advisory committee will take over the budget-paring process from here, then return it to the commissioners for their signatures by Dec. 1.
Budget committee members are by statute either selectmen or council members in their municipalities, or otherwise appointed by their town’s selectmen or councilors.
Two of the members who represent commissioner Chris Gardner’s District 2 are new to the committee. David Turner of Perry and Art Glidden of Lubec replace former members John Spinney of Perry and Alice Cates of Eastport. Turner and Glidden, both selectmen in their towns, were elected at a District 2 vote last Friday.
The caucus was called because both Spinney and Cates had stepped down as selectman and councilman respectively in their municipalities since getting elected to the budget advisory committee. John Leighton of Pembroke is the third District 2 representative.
District 1 representatives, working in commissioner Kevin Shorey’s region, are Tim Call of Baileyville, Linda Pagels of Calais and Roger Holst of Alexander.
District 3 representatives, working in commissioner John Crowley’s region, are Frank Joy of Steuben, Margery Brown of Cherryfield and Barbara Drisko of Columbia Falls.
Kevin Raye of Perry, who represents Washington County in the state senate, is the county’s legislative delegate to the committee.
Last year’s budget advisory committee, chaired by Pagels, delivered a $5.5 million budget that managed to ask the county’s towns for 2 percent less in taxes in 2006 than were levied in 2005.
The committee also put forward 23 recommendations that they wanted the commissioners to consider during this year. Among them is that a computer be present in the room while budget reviews are being held, so that updates may be entered as they occur.