Fiscal concerns dominate Dixfield town meeting


DIXFIELD — Voters at the annual town meeting Thursday night rejected some spending increases, including an article to increase the property tax levy limit by $1,093,036. Selectmen requested the increase.

“This is the first year that the town selectmen are requesting voters to raise the budget for LD 1,” Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky said. “Our overall budget is up 5.1 percent.”

Revenue received from the state has dramatically dropped, he said.

Voters also rejected selectmen’s request to raise and appropriate $290,947 for the executive department, amending it to $275,000.

The Finance Committee’s recommendation for $311,428 for the Police Department passed.

Skibitsky spoke in support of selectmen’s recommendation of a 5 percent pay raise for non-union town workers.

“We feel it is only fair to bring them into line with the 5 percent increase in wages town union workers recently received through union-town contract negotiations. Furthermore, the non-union workers have not had a raise in three years,” he said.

The town manager also told voters that road projects have an engineer for the first time, “and we will use his services to develop a master plan. We will make sure all future road projects are constructed right and have blueprints of these roads.”

Skibitsky also mentioned the grant that will help pay for a new sidewalk along Weld Street.

“The sidewalk will extend from Nash Street … to the Housing Complex past the middle school along Route 142. The sidewalk will look beautiful and provide safety along a busy street,” he said.

The meeting, held at Dirigo High School and attended by 68 residents, continued into late evening.

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