Dixfield residents to act on flat municipal budget


DIXFIELD — Residents will gather for the annual town meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday and act on a proposed $1.9 million municipal budget. The event will be held in the community room of Dirigo High School.

If residents approve all money articles, the budget will be about $4,000 less than the current year.

However, Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky said, the current tax rate of $16.25 per $1,000 valuation could increase by $1 or $1.25 because of the drop in revenues. Such an increase would mean a $112 hike in property taxes for a home valued at $100,000.

Some of that could be reduced by using some surplus municipal monies, Skibitsky said.

To achieve a proposed flat municipal budget, employees received no raises for the second year, and a variety of accounts were reduced, including those of the fire, police and public works departments, as well as the library, recreation and grounds upkeep.

Rising slightly were funds for code enforcement, public safety and health, Western Valley Access Channel and two reserve accounts.

In addition to action on budgetary articles, residents will also elect several members to: Finance Committee, Ione Harlow Scholarship Committee and Water Advisory Committee.

Property taxes will be due without penalty on Sept. 15 and April 15.

They will also honor the Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Ralph E. Clarke. He has been active in a variety of community organizations as well as serving as town meeting moderator. He has led several youth sports leagues.

During the June 8 election, residents will choose two selectmen, a school board member and provide opinions on the direction of the police department in a nonbinding vote.

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