Rumford board adds $25,000 to proposed Economic Development budget

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RUMFORD — Selectmen altered three of five of their 2011-12 municipal budget recommendations Thursday night prior to their regular board meeting.

Chairman Brad Adley said the board voted 4-0 to change its recommendation of no money to $25,000 for Economic Development after learning that new development prospects now loom.

“Hopefully, the voters give us this money,” Adley said after the meeting.

Townspeople will vote on the budget at town meeting elections June 14.

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At selectmen’s budget hearings in March, Town Manager Carlo Puiia recommended raising no money, believing the $29,500 remaining balance in the account from the current year would suffice.

Since then, Puiia and the board received additional information about new development prospects on the horizon, including a brand name hotel. So he suggested adding money to the budget.

Last month, after Puiia explained the need for additional money, the Finance Committee agreed to recommend raising and appropriating $25,000 for Economic Development.

Vice Chairman Jeff Sterling said the board took no action on Thursday night on possibly changing their recommendations on the Assessor and Park and Recreation budgets.

Puiia had asked that they revisit those budgets, because selectmen are to only recommend a bottom line for the assessor budget. The Board of Assessors sets that budget, not selectmen.

When selectmen handled the assessor budget, they voted on line items errantly recommended by Puiia.

Puiia said the Park and Recreation budget involved a misunderstanding over a contractual agreement with RSU 10.

Sterling said Puiia added two budget items on Thursday night — audit and town solicitor. He believes both will need more money, so selectmen added $5,000 to each.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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