Jay to hold emergency meeting to deal with failed budget article

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JAY — Selectpersons and members of the Budget Committee will hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30, to discuss and vote on a budget article for professional services.

The meeting will be at the Town Office. 

The Professional Services article for $201,215 failed by a 213-261 vote Tuesday. It was the only one not approved in a proposed $6.18 million municipal spending plan for 2018-19.

The Budget Committee recommended a no vote on the article by a 5-6 vote and selectpersons recommended a yes vote in a 3-2 vote. Both recommendations appeared on the ballot.

The sticking point was a proposal to reduce the proposed $50,000 for the valuation reserve account in the article to about $30,000. Other reserve accounts were reduced and the final $1.33 million payment to settle a tax dispute with Verso Corp. was included in the proposed budget.

The Professional Services article contains funding for the following:

• Legal services: $40,000

• Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments: $11,800

• Maine Municipal Association: $8,800

• Industrial valuation: $25,000

• Chamber of Commerce: $60

• Auditor’s services: $13,000

• Assessing services: $32,000

• Assessing expenses: $700

• Plumbing inspector, animal control: $9,155

• Animal welfare: $10,200

• Grave care: $500

• Valuation reserve: $50,000

By voting Monday, the article can go to hearing May 14 and to voters June 12, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said.

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