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04/03/2020

Pandemic prompts manager to revise 2021 town budget proposal

Town Manager Matthew Sturgis has submitted a revised municipal budget proposal to the Town Council for consideration at its Finance Committee meeting slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

The new document makes changes to anticipated revenues, anticipated capital investment and departmental operating
budgets.

"This is the second submission for the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, as due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
on the world, nation, state, and local economy it was critical for the municipal budget to take this into account," Sturgis said in his budget message.

The revised budget is proposing a 10-cent increase in the tax rate for municipal services to $4.15 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 2.56 percent over this year. [pro-forma budget summary]

Like the budget proposed in March, the revised budget is investing in capital improvements for police, fire and rescue and Public Works departments, including improved communications equipment for all three departments, replaced first-responder safety equipment, final construction of infrastructure improvements, and the replacement of the Hannaford Field.

The council, meeting as the Finance Committee, will review the proposal in videoconference workshops at 7 p.m. April 8 and 9. Instructions for the public to join the meetings will be published on the meeting agendas.

Councilors are slated to review the School Department's budget proposal by videoconference on April 27. More information on the school budget is available on the school website.