JAY — Selectpersons and Budget Committee members are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday to review and vote on the proposed budget for 2018-19.

The meeting will be held at the Spruce Mountain Middle School cafeteria.

A second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school to vote on the library budget and donation requests.

The proposed budget is $6.25 million, which includes the final $1.33 million payment owed to Verso to settle a tax dispute.

It preliminary spending plan is an increase of $126,222 from the current budget. When $1.76 million in anticipated revenue is factored in, the net budget is $4.48 million, $9,278 less than the current net budget. Curbside collection service, which is a contracted service, is also included at $123,000.

Capital reserve accounts that are not funded in the current budget were added back into the proposal. It also reflects a $70,000 increase in the paving budget, but $100,000 less than the Road Committee requested.

In a Jan. 22 review of the preliminary proposal, selectpersons recommended not funding Jay Historical Society, Spruce Mountain Ski Club, North Jay Grange, the Independence Day (July 3) Parade and heating assistance for Area Youth Sports. The preliminary budget now reflects those changes.

Selectpersons also proposed putting requests for Spruce Mountain Ski Area insurance, $11,300; July 4 fireworks, $2,000; Area Youth Sports insurance, $2,500; and the Summer Recreation Program, $12,000, on the ballot for voters,  Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere previously said. Those amounts are also not in the budget. If voters approve them, the money would come from the Recreation/Tower Reserve account, as it did last year.

The amount under donations is $500 for the Tri-Town Ministerial Association for the Food Cupboard, half of what was requested.

A public hearing on all warrant articles, including the budget, has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the middle school. By law, no changes to the warrant can be made then.

Absentee ballots will be available Friday, March 23. Voting will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Community Building.

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