Town of Lamoine, Maine
Lamoine Budget Committee
Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM
Present were: Budget Committee members Linda Feury, Joe Young, Robin Veysey, Henry Ashmore; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon. (Members Hubene Brodie and Reggie McDevitt had indicated they were unable to attend).
Officers: Joe nominated Henry to be the chair for the upcoming season. Linda 2nd. Vote in favor was 3-0 (Ashmore abstained)
Henry nominated Joe to be vice-chair for the upcoming season. Linda 2nd. Vote in favor was 3-0 (Young abstained)
Linda nominated Stu to be the secretary. Robin 2nd. Vote in favor was 4-0.
Schedule – The Committee agreed to the following schedule:
Date Budgets Location
|November 15th||Administration, Code Enforcement, Planning, Parks||Town Hall|
|November 29th||Public Safety, Roads, Solid Waste||Town Hall|
|December 13th||Appeals, Library, YMCA (Parks)||Town Hall|
|December 20th||Alternate Date if needed||Town Hall|
|January 17th||School (if needed)||School|
|January 24th||Final Budget Recommendations||Town Hall|
Budget Preparation Strategy – Henry noted the statewide vote on the tax cap question would come November 2nd. He said he attended a meeting with Maine Municipal Association and noted the question is not a constitutional amendment so the legislature could modify the rules. He said about 90% of the wording is unconstitutional. He said he thinks the question could pass, though people on the public payroll will vote no. The committee discussed the severability clause in the tax cap question.
Henry said people want to send a message to Augusta, and the message was sent once with the 55% funding referendum that passed in June. A short discussion followed. Henry said the school has no idea what will happen in regard to revenue from the state. He said the tax cap would make a difference in the budgeting, and Essential Programs and Services models have yet to be calculated. He said the first budget committee meeting is set after the tax cap vote, but the town is still in a tough predicament.
Stu said if the tax cap passes, there will be a definite revenue amount, and instead of formulating the budget on the need, it could be formulated on what’s available. A short discussion on the impact on SAD’s versus municipal school departments followed.
Joe said it’ll be an interesting year, as it’s difficult to know which way to prepare a budget. He said it might be a good idea to go forward as usual to find out what the needs are and then find out what the town is up against later. Henry agreed that proceeding as if nothing has changed, and then separately identifying the lower priorities.
Stu said the question goes against the fundamental town meeting form of government as it limits the right of the legislative body. Henry said the Selectmen would have to write close-ended articles. Stu noted that there was a town meeting question that barred such articles approved in past years. Henry said there are certain necessities to operate the school and the town, and those should be prepared, and when the bottom line is determined, something will have to come out.
Stu noted there might be ways to generate revenue, such as charging for trash disposal, but such programs come with their own operating costs to administer. Joe suggested there ought to be a way to collect excise tax on vehicles registered out of state but using Maine roads for extended periods of time. Linda suggested boat excise tax collection could help. Henry noted there were some recent articles in the Bangor Daily News identifying different tax increases that could help, along with the Chamber of Commerce revenue cap plan.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:42 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary