The Giant Slide Trailhead. Voters will be asked to authorize spending to complete a road rebuilding project currently underway. Next year's work will go from the trailhead to Eagle Lake Road. IMAGE COURTESY OF GOOGLE

Bonds, budgets and pot on May 8 warrant Voting for elective offices is May 7

MOUNT DESERT — The only contested race in the Monday, May 7, municipal election here is for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, with Stephanie Reece challenging incumbent Martha Dudman.

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Somesville fire station.

Also to be filled are two seats on the Mount Desert School Committee. Incumbent Heather Jones is the only one who filed for election, but there may be one or more write-in candidates.

For the MDI High School Trustees Board, there are two seats to be filled by Mount Desert voters. Only incumbent Tony Smith filed to run.

Open town meeting

The open floor town meeting will be held in the Mount Desert Elementary School gym on Tuesday, May 8, starting at 6 p.m. Neighborhood House will provide a free meal for those who come early.

Voters at town meeting will be asked to authorize borrowing up to $5.1 million for three infrastructure projects: the makeover of Main Street in Northeast Harbor, completion of the reconstruction of Route 198 and storm water drainage improvements in the Sylvan Road neighborhood.

Residents also will vote on the municipal and school budgets for next fiscal year and decide whether to enact a 180-day moratorium on retail marijuana sales. (See story, page 7)

Town officials want voters to approve a bond issue of up to $3.96 million for the Main Street project, which includes re-engineering the intersections at either end, building a sidewalk on the east side of the street and widening the sidewalk on the west side, and burying utility lines.

Voters at last year’s town meeting authorized borrowing up to $500,000 to share with the state the cost of rebuilding Route 198 from Giant Slide Road to just north of Parkman Mountain. That work is currently underway.

To complete the project, from Giant Slide Road to Eagle Lake Road, the town needs to borrow another half-million dollars. Again, that sum would be matched by the state.

The storm water drainage project, for which town officials want to borrow up to $645,000, includes both surface and subsurface improvements to Sylvan, Pine, Spruce and Tennis Club roads in Northeast Harbor.

Town and school budgets

The proposed municipal budget for next fiscal year is just under $9.64 million, a 4.2 percent increase over the current year’s budget. The $4.01 million budget for Mount Desert Elementary School represents a 5.45 percent increase.

The overall Mount Desert budget, which includes the town’s Hancock County tax assessment and its share of funding for MDI High School, totals $17.5 million.

If the budgets are approved as presented, the tax rate would go up 4.6 percent, or 36 cents, to $7.78 per $1,000 of property valuation.






Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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