Buckfield budget OK’d by board

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BUCKFIELD – Selectmen approved a town budget of $1,519,499 for the 2006-07 fiscal year.

The amount is $244,542.58 more than this year and translates to an 85-cent increase in the tax rate to $18.10 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

This does not include the SAD 39 budget because salary negotiations are still under way.

Town Manager Glen Homes said the minimum teacher salaries mandated by the state could impact the town by $400,000 in three years when the state no longer subsidizes this mandate.

Selectman Chairman Oscar Gammon said he wanted to make a change in the allotment of money for road work. He asked that $5,000 be moved from the crack sealing line item to the brush removal line item so more sun will reach the roads in winter to help melt the ice.

“If the canopy is removed, then the ice has a better chance,” Gammon said.

The board also approved having the following roads discontinued pending a vote at the annual town meeting: Rhodes, Old Streaked Mountain, Jim Warren, South Hodgdon Hill and Bennett. The vote also included formally abandoning Hammond Hill and Purkis roads.

Holmes presented a list of anticipated road work for the summer. Gesner Road is to be reclaimed from Jordan Road to Gammon Road and paved. Paris Hill Road will be reclaimed from the intersection of North Whitman School Road to the Paris town line. This includes additional fill.

Bids on the work are due July 18.

Holmes informed the board that he was recommending the town do away with individual lines for social services. He also is recommending a budget of $4,500 for social services, and a committee will determine how that money is allocated.

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