Government at a glance


Durham Board of Selectman

Met: Tuesday

Tax rate up

Issue: The new tax rate will be $17.80 per $1,000 valuation, up 50 cents from last year. Total property valuation for tax purposes is $183,691,224 which includes $868,700 in personal property.

Scoop: The total school and municipal 2007 budget approved by town meeting, which also includes $318,157 in county tax is $7,638,689. Subtracting state and federal revenues, a total of $3,316,154 will be collected in local tax dollars.

What’s next: Tax bills dated July 9 will be mailed July 6 and are due Aug. 10. Bills remaining unpaid after that date will be assessed a 12 percent interest charge.


Issue: Selectmen accepted Christine Charette’s resignation from the board on June 18 and accepted Michael VanDerWerf’s resignation on June 26.

Scoop: Charette resigned in order to apply for the position of administration assistant and VanDerWerf is relocating. Charette, one of 17 applicants for the job, has been hired as the new administrative assistant, effective July 1. She will replace John White, who left last month to become West Paris’ town manager.

What’s next: Selectman have set Aug. 7 as the date for a special town election to fill the two vacancies on the board. Using an abbreviated time frame as permitted by state law, nomination papers for the two openings will be available Monday, July 9. Residents are reminded that the town office is closed July 2-6 and will reopen at 9 a.m. July 9. For more information, phone Town Clerk Shannon Plourde, 353-2561, ext. 2.

Recycling efforts

Issue: The town continues to look for ways to encourage recycling. Beginning with this week’s curbside collections, the list of acceptable recyclables has been expanded to include more items.

Scoop: Residents will now be able to recycle plastic bottles and containers numbered 1-7. The numbers are located in a triangle stamped on the bottom of containers. Previously, only No. 2 containers were accepted. The new items include empty and clean shampoo bottles, food containers such as cottage cheese, margarine and yogurt, aluminum pie plates, trays and foil, soda, water, and juice bottles, glass or plastic. Prohibited are unmarked plastics such as laundry baskets, chairs or ties, Styrofoam even if it is marked 6, and recyclables containing food waste. For information call the town office or Pine Tree Waste, the town’s contracted trash hauler, at 1-888-857-0800.