BUCKFIELD — Residents will vote on the 2021-22 municipal budget by ballot Sept. 28, the Select Board decided Tuesday.

That is the earliest the vote could be scheduled, interim Town Manager Brad Plante said, because state law requires it be held at least 60 days after the board approves the budget.

The board approved the $2 million spending plan July 27 for this fiscal year, which began July 1.

Plante estimated that within a week of the referendum, assessors would determine the tax rate. Tax bills would be sent to property owners, who would have about 30 days to make their first payment Nov. 15.

The board also scheduled public hearings on the budget for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Plante said copies of the 42 warrant articles should be available to residents soon.

The town has filled one of its two openings for dump truck and snowplow drivers. He said he expects to hire a second person, who is also fully qualified.

The Public Works Department will begin removing the roof on the sand shed by mid-August.

The Maine Department of Transportation will soon begin replacing a bridge on Route 117. Plante said the town would place information from MDOT on the town website.

With little discussion, the board approved a remote meeting policy written by the Maine Municipal Association. Meetings will be held in person, but the policy will allow participation via Zoom if a member can’t attend. The policy will also allow residents to watch and participate remotely.


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