North Yarmouth municipal budget could increase 4.7%

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Town Meeting in June will vote on a $2.7 million fiscal 2013 budget, an increase of 4.7 percent over the current year.

With the municipal, county and school budgets taken into account, residents could see a tax rate increase of 96 cents from the current $13.12 per $1,000 of property valuation, to $14.08. For a home valued at $300,000, the increase would add $288 to the annual tax bill.

If the school assessment on North Yarmouth were flat next year, the tax rate would only increase to $13.13, Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin said last week. She noted that she had not projected any growth in valuation when figuring North Yarmouth’s tax rate.

Proposed in that spending plan is about $575,000 – including contingency funds – for the reconstruction of Mill Road. Voters rejected a proposal last June to borrow $900,000 for the resurfacing and partial reconstruction of the road.

If voters approve the project this year, sections of Mill Road would be reclaimed and repaved. Reclaiming, which includes recycling and strengthening existing pavement instead of reconstruction, accounts for the cost reduction from last year’s proposal.

Dirt Road to Route 231 is to be reclaimed and repaved, while Dirt Road to Route 115 would just be repaved.

Also proposed in the budget is the expenditure of $170,000 from capital reserves to purchase a Public Works truck, as well as an increase from about $253,000 in the current fiscal year to about $276,000 in fiscal 2013 in the Fire-Rescue budget. More money would be spent on the public safety assistant position, created last year when voters approved an official Fire Department for North Yarmouth.

The extra funds would go toward expanding Public Safety Assistant Ricky Plummer’s hours from 20 to 30 a week. The additional money would also go toward recruiting and retaining new firefighters/emergency medical technicians.

Town Meeting will be held June 16.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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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.