PARIS — Residents will gather Monday for the annual Town Meeting at the Fire Station on Western Avenue to vote on a proposed $4.3 million budget. The meeting to decide on 31 articles starts at 6 p.m.

This year’s budget is an increase of just over $162,000, or 3.9%, from the previous year. Two-thirds of the increase is due to increased debt service for lease purchases of a new fire department pumper truck at $82,000, a new police cruiser for $22,000.

With an expected $20,000 cut to Norway-Paris Solid Waste, following Norway’s town meeting vote this week, and subtracting out debt service, the Paris budget increase is less than 1%.

Paris officials had recommended $282,000 for Norway-Paris Solid Waste, the amount requested by the group, but Norway voters rejected that and voted to give them $262,000, the same as last year. If Norway and Paris voters do not agree on a figure, the lower amount is billed to both municipalities.

The Select Board recommended $785,900 for capital expenditures, $13,300 less than last year.

Administrative Services, Highway Department, Boards and Committees, General Assistance and the Unclassified Accounts are also being funded at lower amounts than last year.

Selectmen are asking voters to approve using $2.1 million in anticipated revenues to offset the tax rate.

The $4.3 million budget does not include the assessments for School Administrative District 17 or Oxford County government.


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