DIXFIELD – Selectmen on Monday signed the warrant for a special town meeting for next month to ask for more money to pay for the Thaddeus White Bridge.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 at Ludden Memorial Library.

Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky said the cost for legal and financing fees were not figured into the original request, so voters will be asked to raise $35,337 as part of the town’s total $85,337 share taken from surplus.

Mexico is raising an identical amount, while the Maine Department of Transportation is providing $170,674.

The total cost is $341,348.

Construction of the bridge that connects Dixfield and Mexico at Coburn Avenue in Dixfield was completed a few months ago.

Also on Monday, selectmen learned that the town’s share of Oxford County taxes has risen nearly $8,000 from last year, to about $81,000.

Skibitsky said the preliminary state valuation for the town shows an increase of almost $23 million, compared to $124,750,000 this past tax year. Both the Oxford County taxes and state valuation figure will be used when the tax rate is set later this year.

In other matters, selectmen decided to retain the town meeting for Thursday night, May 28, even though two voters requested a change to a Saturday date.

Selectman Raymond Carlton suggested that those who attend that town meeting be asked whether they’d like next year’s town meeting held on a Saturday.


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