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Lamoine Budget Committee Minutes

October 24, 2005

Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM

Present were: Budget Committee members Reggie McDevitt, Linda Feury, Joe Young, Henry Ashmore, Hubene Brodie, Robin Veysey; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Selectmen Brett Jones, Cynthia Donaldson, Cable TV Techs Katie Murphy and Katie Bowman.

Minutes

Stu noted there was one correction to the version that was presented. Reggie moved to approve the minutes as amended. Joe 2 nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.

Administration Budget Review

The committee reviewed the budget line-by-line with the following observations:

Henry said he was concerned by the amount of increase in salaries and travel and education. Hubene asked if it was necessary to have both town clerks working at the town meeting. Stu said he utilizes one as the recording clerk and the other as a ballot clerk.

Code Enforcement Budget

The committee discussed the lines for deputy CEO, legal costs and the balance forward in the CEO fund. Joe suggested going back to the administration budget and reducing the legal fees to $2,500. Henry polled the committee and they favored that.

Planning Board

The committee noted the budget is $500 less than last year.

Revaluation Reserve

Stu said in 4-to-5 years the town will need a full revaluation. A lengthy discussion followed on the potential cost and why a full one is needed as opposed to a factored one. The committee said it would like more information on what a full revaluation does for the town instead of guessing at what the town needed. A discussion followed on how much should be set aside.

Brett asked if the committee was planning to formulate the budget as it would during a normal year, and not in light of the LD-1 cap. Henry said they have to face the fact approval for the tax commitment cap override might not be approved. Brett said a solid budget based on need should be presented to the town. Henry said a budget needs to serve the needs of the community fairly.

Discussion followed on having a meeting to discuss the assessing function, and designating fund balances. Henry proposed setting aside $20,000 to do a full revaluation in 4-years. Discussion followed. Stu said he would check with South Thomaston , a similar sized community, to see what it cost them. A short explanation followed on how building values were determined this year.

Joe said the committee should set aside a decision on the revaluation reserve and revisit the matter once information comes in on how other towns do it.

Revenues

Stu said he prepared the revenue budget, but did not provide a written explanation for each line. He said he based it on actual previous year figures. He said there should be better figures from surplus after next week when the audit comes in. Linda said she would like to revisit revenues.

Letter to Social Service Agencies

The Committee said they liked the letter that was composed. Hubene noted that her name was omitted and Linda's name was included twice. Stu said he would fix that.

Cable TV Budget

Henry said the town gets $5,000 a year from subscribers. He said the Cable TV committee favored setting aside $3,500 of that in a future equipment fund with $1,500 for supplies and maintenance. He said the income form the franchise fees offset the costs.

Seeing the Budget On-Line

Henry expressed an interest in posting the budget proposals on-line so anyone viewing could follow along. Stu said he could do that.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary -Lamoine Budget Committee