FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed $981,594 budget for unorganized territory for the 2010-11 year.

The spending plan reflects a $109,724 increase from the 2009-2010 budget of $871,870; however, that was a decrease from the $930,288 budgeted in 2008-09.

After anticipated revenues are factored in, the assessment to unorganized territory taxpayers is $600,521.

The public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m., Dec. 15, at the Franklin County Courthouse in Farmington, in the commissioners’ office.
Major increases appear in the Madrid Township snow removal line, which jumps from $58,905 to $67,740. There is also an increase in Eustis’ proposed solid waste disposal program for Coburn Gore from $30,000 to $35,000.

Other solid wastes lines show slight increases.

The cost of fire protection services has also risen with the largest from Rangeley for the northwest unorganized territory area, which went from $18,542 to $25,563. In Kingfield that service for Salem, Freeman and Foster Hill areas show the price going from $6,000 to $8,500.

The coverage for fire protection for Perkins Township by the town of Weld Fire Department has also increased from $829 to $4,044.
Ambulance service shows a slight decrease from $51,780 to $51,021, and cemeteries also indicate a decrease of $4,652 to $3,919.
Reserves for paving costs have also increased with the amount set aside for paving going from $30,000 this year to $100,000 next year. The total increase in the bottom line of that account is $70,000.

Also rising are administration costs from $41,518 to $46,743 and summer roads from $183,800 to $188,500.

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