SABATTUS — Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on next year’s proposed budget during the upcoming Town Meeting on Thursday, May 20.

The Town Meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Oak Hill Middle School gymnasium, will feature a proposed budget for fiscal 2022 of $3.14 million, an increase of about $119,000.

The meeting warrant includes 39 articles, ranging from all city services to proposed capital and infrastructure expenditures.

According to Town Manager Anthony Ward, the impact on next year’s property tax rate will not be known until Sabattus officials know the exact increase in the town’s portion of the RSU 4 budget, as well as the town’s total valuation following a “market analysis” that is underway.

The board of selectmen’s proposed budget represents a $119,474 increase in the operating budget, while the budget committee put forward a proposed increase of $137,507.

Ward said Sabattus anticipates a $92,178 increase in revenues from this year, projecting $2.24 million.

Proposed capital purchases include $57,900 for the second of ten debt payments for a fire engine, $29,500 for the first of three debt payments on a police cruiser; and $33,300 for the third of five payments on a plow truck.

A warrant article will also ask voters to approve a $610,000 road rehabilitation project for Marsh Road, which would use at least $250,000 in grants from the Maine Department of Transportation.


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