North Yarmouth Town Meeting OKs budget, charter changes

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NORTH YARMOUTH — The $2.7 million municipal budget was approved April 9 by Town Meeting voters, who also added four amendments to the Town Charter.

According to Deputy Clerk Stacey Ruby, 90 of 4,000 registered voters participated in the annual meeting.

The fiscal 2017 budget, which is up 0.6 percent, or about $15,000, from the current year, will not increase the tax rate of $17.52 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The town’s spending plan includes nearly $300,000 assessed by Cumberland County, which increased this year by about $6,500, plus about $17,000 in overlay used to cover late or unpaid taxes.

On top of that is a $6.5 million assessment from School Administrative District 51, which reflects a projected 1.7 percent increase, bringing North Yarmouth’s total assessments to $9.2 million. The school spending plan will be voted on by residents of North Yarmouth and Cumberland at a district budget meeting in May, and then again at referendum in June.

Voters on Saturday amended the Town Charter to shorten the amount of time selectmen need to call for a special election to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen from 90 to 60 days. The amendment would apply if the vacancy occurs more than six months before the next regular election.

Another amendment will now allow selectmen to call for a special Town Meeting in accordance with state law or the Town Charter.

The town’s Fire Rescue Department Ordinance was also amended to bring it into compliance with the Town Charter and state standards, and to update some wording.

An amendment passed as well that changes the name of the Recreation Committee to the Parks & Recreation Committee.

Alex Lear contributed to this report. Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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