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Lamoine Budget Committee Minutes

September 16, 2010

Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM

Present were: Budget Committee members Hubene Brodie, Henry Ashmore, Merle Bragdon, Robin Veysey, Kathleen Defusco; Secretary Stu Marckoon, Selectmen Gary McFarland, William Brann and Shellfish Warden Mike Hall.

Selection of Officers Chair Merle nominated Henry as chair for the 2010/11 Budget cycle. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 (Ashmore abstained)

Vice Chair Merle nominated Hubene as vice chair, Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 (Brodie Abstained)

Secretary Merle nominated Stu Marckoon as secretary. Hubene 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.

Minutes of January 18, 2010 Stu noted he sent the minutes via e-mail shortly after the meeting and again last week. Merle moved to approve the minutes as distributed. Robin 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.

Schedule for 2010/11 Budget Season The committee agreed to meet at 6:30 PM on the following Monday nights:

2009/10 Budget Stu reported revenues were within approximately $300 of budget and expenses were significantly less than budgeted. He said in spite of the poor economy, the town held its own. There was a discussion about the amount of revenue vs. the amount of expense, and revenue and activation of the cell phone tower.

Goals Henry noted that the staff of RSU #24 has agreed to pay reductions. A brief discussion followed. Merle asked if that means positions were eliminated instead of individual employees taking reductions. Henry said that's not how it was reached. He said teachers agreed to a reduction in scale.

Robin said the Budget Committee should be as frugal as usual while meeting the needs of the town. Hubene said she agreed on needs, not wants. Robin said there are things the town has to pay for. Hubene noted that the recommendations for cuts have been put right back in at town meeting because nobody wants to cut it.

Henry noted that in the past the folks from the various town government departments have brought forward responsible budgets. Hubene said the recommendations for the library and social service funding have not been followed by town meeting. A short discussion followed.

Henry asked what the mill rate increase was. Stu reported the rate dropped by 1/10 th of a mill this year. There was a brief discussion about the fire truck payment.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary