EUSTIS — Voters will consider a $10,770 spending increase at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday.

It begins at 9 a.m. at the Stratton-Eustis Community Building.

Elections for municipal officials will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the same location. Voters will elect one selectman, one Planning Board member and one school board director, all for three years. Selectman Steve St. Jean, Planning Board member Lori Lemont and School Board member Sue Fotter are running unopposed.

According to St. jean, last year’s budget was $1.21 million and this year’s proposed request is $1.22 million. Most budget changes reflect costs of doing business, he said. The town’s annual property tax rate of $13.10 per $1,000 of property value hasn’t changed in the past several years.

The budget includes a $5,000 increase for the Fire Department, but it does not include approving $25,000 per year for five years to extend a section of sidewalk to the Stratton School. St. Jean said the sidewalk article is expected to be a big topic of discussion.

The Maine Department of Transportation could provide funding for part of the cost to extend the sidewalk from 24 School St. to the school. If voters approve the option, selectmen would submit a grant application.

If the grant is approved, voters would be required to contribute toward constructions, budgeted at $25,000 annually for the next five years, starting this year. The town’s share can be raised from taxes or appropriated or a combination of both.

“If we get the MDOT grant, and if voters approve the town’s share, construction would begin in 2025,” St. Jean said.


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