Public comment on budget to begin in Cape Elizabeth

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed $31.3 million fiscal 2012 budget at a public hearing on Monday, April 11.

The $21.1 million school budget was unanimously approved by the School Board on March 22 and the Town Council finished review of the $8.9 million municipal budget on March 21. The proposed tax rate would increase 42 cents, or 2.4 percent, from $17.86 per $1,000 of assessed value to $18.28.

The Finance Committee, a committee of the whole Town Council, met Wednesday to receive and review the school and community services budgets. The council will review the budget on Monday, April 11, and provide residents with an opportunity to comment. The public will have another chance to comment at the Monday, April 25, council meeting before the council votes to approve a school budget.

Residents will vote in the school budget validation referendum on Tuesday, May 10.

On Monday, April 11, councilors are also expected to discuss roosters in residential neighborhoods. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall council chambers.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.