Boards to discuss draft budget proposals

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen and the Budget Committee will come together in a workshop on Monday to discuss their recommendations on the 2010-11 budget, Town Manager Jim Chaousis said Friday.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., March 15, at the town office.

Selectmen have a proposed a $2.18 million rough draft and the Budget Committee’s draft is $2.01 million, he said.

The major difference so far is selectmen are leaning toward keeping the Police Department intact as well as a full-time administrative assistant for the Department, he said.

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The Budget Committee’s proposal includes eliminating two police officers and keeping the administrative assistant, Chaousis said.

There is a difference in the tax rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of valuation between the two drafts, he said.

There will also be discussion of how the Budget Committee could phrase its recommendation on the ballot. It is possible the two boards could reach a compromise on their recommendations.

“There are a lot of things they agree on,” Chaousis said.

The town manager will also explain how a tax rate is figured so that members of both boards will understand the process.

Selectmen will also consider the resignation of Nancy McManemon from the Planning Board and consider appointing another resident to the board.

Someone has shown interest in serving on the board, he said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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