Strong tax rate increases

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STRONG — Selectmen on Tuesday approved a tax rate of $14.70 per thousand dollars of property value, an increase from $13.60 in 2014.

Tax bills will be mailed at the end of the month.

In March, voters approved spending $626,884, or 11.9 percent more than the previous year’s municipal budget. Also, the town’s share of  the Franklin County budget increased $4,176, and its share of the Regional School Unit 58 budget increased $28,035, while state revenue-sharing declined.

At an earlier meeting, selectmen reviewed figures provided by the town’s assessing agent, Robert Worthley, that showed revenue-sharing went from $143,902 in 2008 to $39,083 in 2014. This year’s amount will not be tallied until the end of the fiscal year.

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In other matters, selectmen noted that RSU 58 Superintendent Susan Pratt scheduled a public informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, to share goals for the district. Pratt and Strong board members will be available to answer questions and share goals and concerns.

Selectman Dick Worthley said Pratt would appreciate advance notice for any questions that might require research. Worthley said his wife, Barbara, a school board member, could be contacted before the meeting at 207-684-3870.

“Just call Barb with any questions, and she’ll relay that to Sue,” he said.

Selectman Mike Pond received approval from the board to hire two people for projects that must be completed this summer. Mitch Ryan will work on construction of the salt and sand shed and the roadside brush-cutting schedule. Welder and fabricator Jack Taylor will repair a rusted town truck.

“We’ve waited two years to get this done,” Pond said. “We’re probably going to spend a couple thousand overall on these trucks.”

Selectmen hoped to secure the services of one or more Franklin County jail inmates for work this summer, but no appropriate candidates were available.

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