North Yarmouth Town Meeting to vote on $2.7M budget

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NORTH YARMOUTH — A $2.7 million municipal budget – up 0.6 percent, or about $15,000, from the current year – goes to voters at Town Meeting Saturday, April 9.

The gathering takes place at North Yarmouth Memorial School at 9 a.m., and voters can register a half hour earlier.

North Yarmouth’s current tax rate of $17.52 per $1,000 of property valuation is expected to remain flat next year, Town Manager Rosemary Roy said in an interview March 24.

But if A.H. Grover’s development proposal for the former school is approved in a referendum this June, related expenses could be added into next year’s budget, causing a potential tax increase, Roy noted.

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 to 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 in June.

Offsetting revenues include about $181,000 from municipal revenue sharing and $20,000 from the town’s undesignated fund balance. Another $1.4 million in other revenues, such as motor vehicle excise taxes and code enforcement fees, bring the amount of deductions to $1.6 million.

The Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee agree on all spending items in the Town Meeting warrant, Roy said. The document can be viewed at northyarmouth.org.

Among non-budget articles on the warrant are proposed amendments to the Town Charter, such as changing references to the Recreation Committee to read “Parks & Recreation Committee.”

Another is to shorten from 90 to 60 days the amount of time the Board of Selectmen has to vote to hold a special election to fill a vacancy on that panel, if the vacancy occurs more than six months before the next regular election.

Voters will also decide on amending the town’s Fire Rescue Department Ordinance, to bring it into compliance with the Town Charter and state standards, and to update some wording.

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.