NEWRY – Voters attending Monday’s town meeting will decide if hard liquor can be sold here.

They also will act on a 10-year agreement with Med-Care Ambulance Service and on an increase in annual payments to the service to help pay for a new facility.

The annual meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Bear River Grange Hall.

Town administrator Loretta Powers said a public hearing on liquor sales was lightly attended when held on Feb. 19. The question of whether to allow the sale of liquor from agency stores was brought by John Amann, owner of the Barking Dawg Restaurant.

If voters approve it, liquor sales would be referred to the secretary of state, who has final say on the issue. They’ll have to act on two questions: the first to authorize liquor sales on all days but Sundays; the second to allow the sales on Sundays as well.

The town’s most recent 10-year agreement with Med-Care expires this year. Voters will decide if the town should extend that agreement for another 10 years. The service also wants to construct a new facility to house equipment and personnel. To do so, Newry’s per month payment would go from $453 a month to $575, beginning in July.

Also up for election are the positions held by Selectman Wendy Hanscom and SAD 44 school board member Bonnie Largess. Both are seeking re-election. Constable and dog officer Alan Fleet is also running for another term. Nominations for elected positions come from the floor of the town meeting.

If voters approve all money articles, the municipal budget will come in at $936,209, down from last year’s $1,090,130, largely because the town’s newest fire truck is paid for.

Other changes to the proposed municipal budget include a recommendation by selectmen for $10,000 to go toward a skateboard park in Bethel, and an increase in wages for the town’s three full-time workers and one part-time employee of about 6 percent, from $182,000 last year to $198,000 for this year.

Powers said voters are also being asked to approve moving $500,000 from surplus to a capital improvement account. That would leave the town with $1.3 million in surplus.

Powers said this year’s tax rate of $7.08 per $1,000 of property valuation is expected to decline when the rate is set at the end of July. Taxpayers who pay their taxes in full by Oct. 1 will receive a 2 percent discount.


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