PERU — Selectman Laurieann Milligan on Thursday briefed the four new board members on items they’ll face at Monday night’s meeting, including preparing a budget and getting ballots printed for the June referendum.

Danny Wing, Larry Snowman, Lee Merrill and Jim Pulsifer were elected Tuesday to replace selectmen who were recalled from office last month.

Milligan went over 10 agenda items with brief clarification and discussion on each.

Recognizing the time crunch to put a budget together for 2013-14, the board agreed to meet at 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, to talk about a budget first and other items after that. The meeting is an hour earlier than usual.

Selectmen will meet with the Finance Committee at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

Officials expressed considerable concern about Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed cuts in revenue sharing to towns, Homestead Exemptions, excise taxes and possibly the circuit-breaker program.

“We need to cut the budget in light of these possible cuts,” Pulsifer said.

Town Clerk Vera Parent said they could be looking at $100,000 in cuts.

During the public comment time, Dawna Kazregis of Peruvians for Honest Government started reading items the group thought could be cut from the budget.

Milligan asked her to bring the list to Monday’s board meeting and suggested members write their legislators when bills are coming up that would affect the town.

Warren Oldham said the tape recorder and tapes used by board secretary Kathy Hussey to record board meetings should be kept as a record.

Hussey said she the recorder and tapes are hers and she uses them to record board minutes and keeps them as a record.

Wing asked if recording meetings is required and was told no.

Someone said the recorder used town electricity so the tapes should be town property.


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