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Lamoine Budget Committee
Minutes of December 16, 2013 (Draft, subject to correction)
Chair Robin Veysey called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM
Present were: Budget Committee members Connie Bender, Marion McDevitt, Kathleen DeFusco, Cece Ohmart, Merle Bragdon, Robin Veysey; Secretary Stu Marckoon, Selectman Jo Cooper and Raymond Williams, Ellsworth Public Library Board treasurer.
Minutes of December 2, 2013 – After a lengthy discussion about using CPI to calculate employee pay raises in 2014, Merle moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Marion 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0 (Ohmart abstained).
Ellsworth Public Library – Raymond Williams of the Ellsworth Public Library Trustees Board said the request is $7,199 which is based on 313 card holders from Lamoine at $23.00 each. He gave numerous statistics about library use. Merle asked if there were any numbers for on-line users. Mr. Williams said he did not have those. Merle said he uses the on-line services regularly and it's a great service. Mr. Williams said there are a lot of on-line users.
Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) Membership Request – Marion asked if the Conservation Commission is asking to join the HCPC. Stu said it was poorly worded on the agenda – the Conservation Commission is recommending that the town join. There was a lengthy discussion about cost vs. benefit. Merle said the town will need professional help to prepare the comprehensive plan. Cecilia asked what the cost might be if the town used a different consultant. Merle said the Comprehensive Plan Planning Committee has recommended budgeting $7,500/year for the process.
Connie said such commissions can be helpful, but only if the town is involved with the organization. Merle read a portion of the Conservation Commission request and a discussion followed. Robin said she needed more information. Merle moved to include $1,330 in the budget for the HCPC membership. Cece 2nd . Merle suggested the vote be tabled and that the Conservation Commission be asked to attend the next meeting to discuss the idea. Cece 2nd . The vote to table the motion passed unanimously. Stu said he would invite the Conservation Commission, the Planning Board, and possibly the HCPC to attend the January 6, 2014 meeting.
Outside Agency Requests – Robin asked if Community Health and Counseling Services knew that the limit the Budget Committee could recommend is $600. Stu said he had informed them of such. Robin asked if the Downeast AIDS Network request was late. Stu said it was received December 6 th , but the application was dated November 30 th . A discussion followed regarding the ability of town meeting to amend individual lines in the budget, and about those agencies that did not submit applications.
Total Budget – Stu noted that the total municipal tax commitment as things are proposed is up 93%. He said increases in paving costs and decreases in non-property tax revenue are behind the increase. A discussion followed. Merle asked about the County Budget. A brief discussion followed. Merle noted that depending on the County and School budgets, the town could see a significant increase in the tax commitment. He said 2/3 of a mill is from the municipal side of the budget. There was a brief discussion about the tax rate history and keeping up with the road paving schedule.
Education – Stu reported the Local School Advisory Committee and the Selectmen have recommended $25,000 for the education transition budget at the special town meeting for January 9, 2014. There was a brief discussion about the Education Fund and the costs of withdrawal.
Next Meeting – The next meeting of the Budget Committee will be January 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM. On the agenda will be discussion of the Hancock County Planning Commission membership and final budget recommendations for the 2014 town meeting.
The Budget Committee voted unanimously to adjourn at 7:23 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary