Tax rate expected to remain same

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LISBON – Town Manager Curtis Lunt on Tuesday predicted the tax rate will not increase as a result of town meeting action Monday night.

“We had earlier predicted a 1 percent increase” which would have added 25 cents to the tax rate, he said.

“Nothing was cut from the $6,863,000 municipal budget as proposed by selectmen, but it was voted to use $39,000 from surplus instead of raising money to buy real estate adjacent to the Lisbon Falls Library,” he said.

On the school side, voters decided to use $75,000 from the school surplus account toward the operation and maintenance budget, and added $10,000 to the general administration account, stipulating it was to be used toward keeping heat in the central office building in Lisbon Falls “until we know what we’re going to do with it.”

A series of amendments aimed at keeping the central office at the old Lisbon Falls High School building on Campus Avenue did not affect the School Committee plans to move it.

The sum of $14,509,444, which includes all revenues, was approved for schools.

“We were very pleased by the supportive action of voters,” said Superintendent Shannon Welsh, who confirmed that the $65,730 sought for the change in the central office location was approved.

Quickly approved without debate was a nine-page Adult Use Establishment License Ordinance and a $540,000 bond issue for public projects. Also approved was $1,106,750 for the Police Department; $685,994 for Public Works, $531,737 for solid waste; and $247,331 for the Fire Department.

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