Byron residents approve 2010 budget lower than current one

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BYRON — Just over 50 residents passed a 2010 municipal budget Monday night that is about 2 percent less than last year’s.

Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said residents approved a $119,844 municipal budget, plus raised just under $1,800 for charities. In 2009, those numbers were $122,100 to run the town and $2,396 in support of a variety of community or charitable organizations.

Residents also re-elected incumbent Selectman Simmons-Edmunds for a three-year term over challenger, Kent Poole, by a vote of 35-15.

Also re-elected was Town Clerk Sue Roderick to a second one-year term. She was also elected to her first one-year term as tax collector. She ran unopposed. Roseanna Susbury was re-elected to another one-year term as treasurer. She was also unopposed.

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The adopted budget does not include funding for the town’s share of Oxford County tax or for school taxes.

Whether the current $10 per $1,000 tax rate remains the same will depend upon the town’s share of Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 taxes, said Simmons-Edmunds.

She said the town will have $150 a month for 30 months to go toward those taxes because of the remaining $15,000 due the town when the former SAD 43 dissolved and joined with RSU 10.

The approved budget includes $1,500 for the replacement of the Coos Canyon Schoolhouse roof, $1,000 for the bridge savings account and $1,000 for the capital equipment account. About $4,000 was raised to pay for administrative support, tasks that will be shared by Roderick and Susbury as needed.

Reductions included $5,000 from the legal services account. The town has what it believes is a sufficient amount of money in that account for the two active lawsuits currently facing the town.

Tax bills are expected to go out in August. Residents have until Sept. 15 to pay their property taxes in full and to receive a 10 percent discount. Taxes paid after Nov. 1 will be assessed 7 percent annual interest.

At the end of the two-hour town meeting, the community’s volunteers were honored with cake and ice cream, which was the first time such an event was held.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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