Dixfield spending, curfew to dominate town meeting

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DIXFIELD – Residents will act on a $3.3 million municipal and school budget, elect finance and water advisory committee members and decide whether to adopt youth curfew and parking ordinances when they attend the annual town meeting Thursday night.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Dirigo Middle School.

Also to be elected are two Ludden Library trustees and one Ione Harlow Scholarship Committee member.

If all articles pass, selectmen’s Chairman Tony Carter has said that the tax rate may drop from $29 per $1,000 valuation to $28 because of reductions in the proposed municipal and school budgets. SAD 21’s assessment to Dixfield dropped about $44,000, according to a district newsletter, and the municipal budget has dropped about $37,000.

Among the big ticket items are about $200,000 for running the town, between $187,000 and $200,000 to operate the Police Department, $71,500 for the Fire Department, about $327,000 for public works, and a total of about $163,000 for regional expenses such as solid waste disposal, economic development, Black Mountain, and the local access television channel.

The proposed youth curfew would require that children age 11 and younger be off the streets by 9:01 p.m., youths age 12 or 13, by 9:31 p.m. and teenagers 14 through 17, by 10 p.m. The curfew hours would be an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. The ordinance provides exceptions as well as fines that could be assessed to parents.

The proposed parking ordinance would clarify time limits and related regulations and outline fines for violators.

Two selectmen and three SAD 21 board members will be elected June 13.

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