LIVERMORE – Voters will be asked to consider a proposed $1.25 million municipal budget Wednesday at the annual town meeting. The Budget Committee is proposing a budget of nearly $1.22 million.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on June 13 at the Livermore Elementary School.

Residents will have 55 articles on the warrant, including three new proposed ordinances on energy-efficiency loans, exempting active military personnel from excise tax, and local food.

Voters will also consider proposed amendments to the town’s Site Plan Ordinance, including a new section governing entertainment at premises not licensed to sell alcohol.

The selectpersons’ proposed budget package is about $60,000 more than the current budget.

The Budget Committee’s proposal represents an increase of $23,269.

In the selectpersons’ budget, they added a line for treasurer with about $5,000 in it for pay and employee taxes, and $1,400 for a new computer. Treasurer Kurt Schaub’s position is now intermingled with his administrative assistant and treasurer’s duties. Schaub is being challenged for the elected treasurer’s position by resident Cathy Lee.

The selectpersons’ proposal includes $15,000 to create a building reserve fund, $4,000 for cemetery capital improvement and $6,400 for highway capital equipment. The latter includes replacing a 30-year-old compressor, a chain saw fund that would include replacing a 30-year-old compressor. The budget also includes a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for all employees except for two recent hires that are paid below average and are slated to receive an increase based on performance, Schaub previously said.

The Budget Committee’s plan eliminates employee raises, cemetery capital improvements, the building reserve and reduced the amount for highway capital equipment to $3,800. The committee’s proposed plan comes in under the state’s legal growth factor.

Voters will consider a Property Assessed Clean Energy Ordinance. It allows eligible homeowners and businesses to borrow as much as $15,000 in a low-interest loan program awarded to Efficiency Maine Trust under the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. A town ordinance has to be in place for a homeowner or business to apply for a grant. There is no cost to the town for the program.

A second proposed measure is the Ordinance Exempting Active Duty Military Personnel from Vehicle Excise Tax.

A third one is a citizen initiative for the “Town of Livermore Local Food and Community Self Governance Ordinance” of 2012. A petition with more than 100 signatures was submitted to put the measure on the annual town meeting warrant.

The proposal would allow town residents to have the right to produce, process, sell, purchase and consume local foods, thus promoting self-reliance, the preservation of family farms and local food, according to the ordinance.

The Planning Board’s proposed amendments to the town’s Site Plan Ordinance that deals with commercial entities include new approval criteria for exterior lighting, buffering of adjacent uses where there is a transition from one use to another, and for the screening of mechanical equipment and service and storage areas.

There is also new approval criteria proposed for storage of materials, business signs and changeable message signs. New approval criteria proposed for noise is to match the criteria from the existing Special Amusement Ordinance.

The proposed new section for adult entertainment for businesses that don’t sell alcohol defines what is considered adult entertainment and where the operation of an adult entertainment establishment could be located.

NOTE: This article has been modified since it was first published to reflect the Budget Committee’s proposed budget of $1.22 million and 55 articles voter will vote on Wednesday. It was incorrectly reported by the Sun Journal.

[email protected]


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: