Finance Committee to offer budget recommendations Tuesday

RUMFORD — Less than a week after the Board of Selectmen met to approve new budget recommendations, the Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, to approve their own recommendations for the upcoming election.

The Board of Selectmen set a public hearing on the budget for Thursday, Sept. 19, which will be followed by a budget vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The election will be the town's fourth budget vote since June. Residents will vote on the eight remaining budget proposals that have yet to be passed.

Voters originally turned down all 12 money articles on June 11, which totaled $7.5 million. Selectmen cut $1 million from the next budget, which was presented on July 23. The Finance Committee reduced the proposed budget to $7.2 million.

At that referendum, eight of the 12 budget articles were rejected. Passed were funds for health and sanitation, the Rumford Public Library, public service and debt service.

On Aug. 27, voters again turned down the same eight municipal budget articles.

mdaigle@sunjournal.com

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Brad Gallant's picture

Clarification...

I just wanted to make sure everyone knows there is NO money is this current budget for GRCC or Black Mountain of Maine. I have heard several times since the budget meetings have occurred that the money is still in the budget somewhere...the money is not there, anywhere, in any form, at all. Just so it is clear.

RANDALL CHAISSON's picture

Voters need to support what is right!

If I am to vote in a new budget the ballot has include a drastic reduction in the unclassified amount .Really nearly $1.4 Million is way too much .That equals the police and fire department budget together .RPD and RFD are very important to Rumford and deserve to be properly funded. Let's stop playing games! I do and will support the GRCC and Black Mountain, but not by going against the will of the voter.This is America in which I have served, not a dictatorship,it,s up to the citizens to keep it that way.

 's picture

Right on Randy

You can thank the bonehead Finance committee for this figure!

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