Hearing on town budget, meeting warrant set for May

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PERU — Selectmen on Monday set May 26 as the date for an informational meeting on the proposed 2010-11 municipal budget of $798,408, and town meeting warrant.

The proposed figure is 18 percent higher than the current operating budget of $667,439, and does not include Oxford County taxes or the town’s share of Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 school taxes.

The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of the former Peru Elementary School located in West Peru.

Board Chairman Jim Pulsifer said much of the increase is due to adding money to the town’s road account. Some of the town’s roads are in poor condition. Pulsifer said plans are to add about $75,000 each year for the next few years so that work can be done on the East Shore Road around Worthley Pond. This year, the added road money will go to finish a section of Gammon Road.

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Other factors for the higher proposed municipal budget are a significant increase in insurance costs and small hikes in cemetery maintenance, Med-Care Ambulance Service fees, and the town’s recreation committee. None of the town’s employees will receive a raise this year.

Residents will decide on a municipal budget and other town matters by voting on 32 articles during a referendum election on June 8.

Residents will also act on several other questions, including whether the Peru Historical Society should have use of the former town office located in Peru Center, and whether a bath house and concession stand should be placed next to the town office building.

Pulsifer has said that the town received fewer state revenue sharing and excise tax dollars this year that will affect the final tax rate. The current rate is $16.20 per $1,000 valuation. He anticipates an increase of 1 to 1.5 mills, contingent upon the town’s share of school taxes.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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