BAR HARBOR — The vacant town planner position would be filled and an assistant town manager added to the payroll in next year’s budget now under town council review.
The proposed $18-million budget would necessitate a property tax rate increase of 2 percent. If passed as proposed, the owner of an average-valued home, calculated at $277,000, would see a rise of $56 in their annual tax bill.
The deputy manager would start work on Oct. 1, and would be responsible for hiring the planner. The target date for the planner to start would be March 1, 2015. Town councilors last fall included creating both positions in their annual goals.
The proposed rate of pay for the deputy town manager would be approximately $1,400 per week. The town planner position would merit a pay rate of approximately $1,250 per week.
Citizens will vote on the budget at town meeting in June.