DIXFIELD – Selectmen unanimously adopted the annual town meeting warrant Monday night contingent upon several minor changes.
If the entire nearly 30-article document is passed at the June 1 town meeting, residents will raise nearly $3.3 million, a 2.5 percent decrease from this year’s combined municipal and school budgets.
Selectmen Chairman Tony Carter said he believes the tax rate may drop from $29 per $1,000 valuation to $28.
SAD 21’s assessment to Dixfield decreased by about $40,000 and the municipal budget dropped by about $37,000.
Besides money articles, residents will decide whether to act on ordinances governing youth curfews and parking.
The proposed youth curfew would require that children age 11 and younger be off the streets by 9:01 p.m., youths age 12 or 13, by 9:31 p.m. and teenagers 14 through 17, by 10 p.m. The curfew hours would be an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. The ordinance provides exceptions as well as fines that could be assessed to parents.
The proposed parking ordinance would clarify parking limits and related regulations and outline fines for violations.
In other matters on Monday, the board named Tim Hanson, public works director, as citizen of the year.
Hanson has been working for the town for several years. Besides carrying out duties required of his position, Carter said Hanson does a lot of work for the town on his own time.
“Just look at the condition of the parks, for one thing,” he said.
Hanson will receive a plaque and gift at the town meeting.
The town meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at Dirigo Middle School.
Also, the board voted to sell a 2004 Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicle the Dixfield Police Department received as part of a drug forfeiture case. The funds raised from the sale will go into the department’s operating budget.
The board decided to table awarding contracts for the paving of Common Road and Nash Street until after town meeting. The combined bids came in about $57,000 higher than the town had budgeted.
Although the entire 1,000 foot section of Nash Street will likely be paved, selectmen may reduce the scope of the Common Road project. Originally, the entire 3.4 mile road was slated for paving.