Chebeague Island Town Meeting to vote on $2.8M budget

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Voters will decide on a $2.8 million fiscal 2011 budget at Town Meeting on Saturday, June 5.

The meeting will take place at the Chebeague Island Community Hall, 247 South Road, at 9 a.m., and cover 62 warrant items.

Among the items is the $1.8 million proposed municipal budget, a decrease of nearly $90,000 from the current year. Another item, the nearly $889,000 school budget, shows a reduction of more than $3,000. The $2.8 million overall budget is about $28,000 more than the current year.

Town Administrator Scott Seaver said Monday that revenues are down about $5,000, and the current tax rate of $20.05 per $1,000 of property valuation could be the same or a little less next year. Taxes would be $2.3 million.

Two members of both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee are up for election from the floor at Town Meeting. The terms of Herb Maine and Mark Dyer are expiring on the Board of Selectmen, as are the terms of Carol White and Jerry Wiles on the School Committee.

Winners, who will serve three-year terms, will be decided by written ballot.

According to, Dyer, White and Wiles said during a candidates forum last weekend that they will seek re-election.

Seaver said voters will be asked to approve $165,000 to fund improvements to South, Stone Wharf and School House roads. The improvements would be based on a plan drafted by selectmen.

Chebeague Island voters will vote a second and final time on the school spending plan at the budget validation referendum on Tuesday, June 8.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.