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Lamoine Budget Committee
Minutes of November 5, 2009
Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM
Present were: Budget Committee members Hubene Brodie, Reggie McDevitt, Kathleen DeFusco (alt.), Henry Ashmore, Merle Bragdon, Robin Veysey; Secretary Stu Marckoon, Road Commissioner Michael Jordan and Selectman Cynthia Donaldson
October 19, 2009 Minutes – Hubene moved to approve the minutes of October 19, 2009 as presented. Reggie 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Road Budget Review – The committee reviewed the proposed road budget line by line with discussion on the following:
CEO Budget - Kathy asked whether the CEO was paid on an hourly or salary basis. Stu said it's a salary; some years the CEO makes out well, some years he does not.
Cable TV Budget – Stu said the CTV committee recommended the same budget as the last several years. There were discussions about:
Selectman Cynthia Donaldson asked for clarification from the Budget Committee as to what the Selectmen should look at. Henry said he felt looking at the recommendation level is a good idea. Cynthia said the Selectmen are looking for some direction.
Robin said any change in the ordinance would have to go before town meeting. Henry said one idea could be to change the current ordinance to a voluntary contribution with an explanation to go out with the tax bills. Robin said that would have to go to town meeting in the spring. Henry said if the Board wants to go in that direction, otherwise the current ordinance should be reviewed. Hubene said the recommendation rates should be lower. Henry said he didn't think the recommendation rate should be lowered. A lengthy discussion followed in regard to the qualifications of receivers, the Ellsworth Library, and outside agencies in general.
Merle said he would propose leaving the recommendation maximum at $600/agency in lieu of an increase, and including a voluntary contribution form with the tax bill. Robin said any time record keeping provisions are added, that's an expense to the town. She said if just the voluntary contribution were offered, that would save tax dollars, but if it were a combination, no tax dollars would be saved, and more effort would be required by town staff.
Henry asked if the current ordinance were changed, would it not take effect until next year? Stu said the effective date of any new ordinance should be written into the ordinance, but it wouldn't seem fair to pull the rug out from under requesting agencies at the next town meeting. Hubene said charitable donations should be up to an individual choice.
There was a discussion about what to recommend to the Selectmen. Cynthia said the various points that have been mentioned in the discussion are helpful to her.
At this point, the fire department received a call to a woods fire on Mill Road, and Mr. Jordan left to respond. Henry said the ordinance remains in place for this year and the Selectmen could look at the issue of a voluntary contribution ordinance. He said a discussion of the Rockport model for next year could go before the Town Meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary.