Stan Harmon, Bar Harbor's finance director. Because of the hard winter, Harmon said, expenses for road maintenance were higher than expected. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Hard-winter bills are due



BAR HARBOR – As part of his regular financial report to the Town Council here, finance director Stan Harmon said expenses for the year may end up $50,000 to $75,000 more than budgeted. The primary reason for the overage was winter road maintenance, which cost more than budgeted.

He explained the difficulty in predicting what will be needed from year to year prompts officials to use a five-year average. The number of storms and required cleanup was above average this year.

Any overage will be covered by the Town Council, which has the authority to direct that unexpended fund balance, or surplus funds, be shifted to the highway department account.