Town of Lamoine, Maine
Town Hall
Fire Department

Lamoine Budget Committee
Minutes of January 17, 2005

Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM

Present were: Budget Committee members Reggie McDevitt, Henry Ashmore, Robin Veysey, Joe Young (members Linda Feury and Hubene Brodie both phoned in sick); Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Selectman Jo Cooper and Cable TV Tech Chris Bowman. The meeting was videotaped and broadcast live on Government Access Channel 7.

Minutes – Joe moved to approve the minutes of January 10, 2005 as presented. Reggie 2nd. Vote in favor was 4-0.

Final Budget Recommendations – Joe said the committee had reviewed each item in detail and suggested to take the budget item by item to see if there is any further need to delve into detail. Henry agreed and said afterward the committee should take one vote on the whole package. He asked if the lines listed on the agenda reflect how the warrant articles would look. Stu replied they’re pretty much the same. The committee then proceeded to review each category.

Henry said the budget results in a projected mill rate increase of 1.2 mills to 15 mills. There was a brief discussion of the potential for a mill rate decrease when the revaluation takes place.

Joe made the following motion: Though the committee feels it is too high, that the committee accepts the budget as tentatively approved for both expenses and revenues. Robin 2nd. Reggie said there wasn’t much more to say. Henry thanked Reggie for his idea on the tentative approval process. Vote in favor was 4-0.

Selectman Cooper said she hopes people realize how much thought goes into the budget process and said she appreciates the work the committee does.

Stu noted the town meeting dates are March 8th (elections) and March 9th (open meeting).

Reggie moved to adjourn at 7:37 PM. Joe 2nd. Vote in favor was 4-0 to adjourn for the season.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary.