PARIS — Residents will see lower property tax bills this year following a 20-cent decrease in the tax rate.

As the new fiscal year began July 1, town officials completed the books for the 2020-21 year, reviewed the budget passed by residents at last month’s annual Town Meeting and established a tax rate of $18 per $1,000 of assessed property value.  Last year’s rate was $18.20

Town Manager Dawn Noyes, who announced the lower rate at Monday’s selectmen meeting, said bills should be mailed to property owners within the next two weeks.

In other business, Noyes announced that the Dodge Durango police cruisers will be delayed because of a nationwide microchip shortage. The chips are required in order to outfit the vehicles with police lights.

The new fire truck, approved last year is nearing completion. The company in Louisiana building the firetruck will pay to send Paris Fire Chief Mark Blaquiere and another firefighter to fly to the factory at the end of the month to inspect the truck’s progress. Delivery of the truck is expected around Sept. 9, Noyes said.

The town’s annual summer concert series begins Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and another show at 6:30 p.m. The concert series has been moved to the Paris Fire Station on Western Avenue instead of Moore Park because of a portable toilet shortage, Noyes said.

The board approved a liquor license for the X-vault Pub and Provisions at 10 Market Square, Suite 1.

Recreation and Parks Director Abbie Earle has resigned effective immediately because she’s taking another job starting in the fall.

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