Budget gets little notice

BAR HARBOR — Only one resident spoke at the Town Council’s public hearing Tuesday on the proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2017.

The tax rate is expected to rise 2.6 percent over last year, Town Manager Cornell Knight said in a Feb. 5 memo. The annual tax increase on a median valued home worth $296,800 would be $82.

Resident Roger Innis asked how fire hydrant rental costs are determined, because they account for the largest single increase in the town’s operations budget, $61,892. The change comes from the water rate increase, Finance Director Stan Harmon said. Hydrant rental rates are mandated by the state.

Information on the town’s rate case with the state Public Utilities Commission is on the town website.

The budget now goes to the Warrant Committee. It will begin meeting weekly to review it and other items on the town meeting warrant.

The council and the Warrant Committee have a joint meeting March 22 at 7 p.m.

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