NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen on Thursday reversed Monday’s vote to lower the tax rate and increased it by 42 cents, after learning school payments are higher than first calculated. The vote was 4-1.

The board held the emergency meeting and set the rate at $11.60 per $1,000 of valuation.

Selectman Pam Slye asked how many residents were unemployed and urged the rate be kept to a minimal increase.

The new figure will provide $5,230 to the town’s overlay account.

On Monday, the board voted to set the tax rate at $10.60. Last year it was $11.18.

After Monday’s meeting, Town Manager Sumner Field said he reviewed bills from SAD 15 and discovered the town’s share is $678,750 more than he projected. The increase includes debt service, adult education costs and the additional local share beyond the state subsidy that voters approved in June.

Tax bills are expected to be sent soon and due by early October.


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