Councilors adopt municipal budget calling for property tax increase

BAR HARBOR — A municipal budget for fiscal year 2016 calling for a 4.9 percent increase in property taxes was adopted by town councilors Tuesday, following a hearing during which only one resident weighed in.

The budget will now go to the warrant committee for their review, after which it will be voted on by residents at the annual town meeting in June. Resident Tom Ingram protested during the budget hearing that the increase was too steep. Ingram opposed the town paying $500,000 a year to the town-owned water company for fire hydrant rentals.

Town officials explained that the hydrant rental formula set by the Maine Public Utilities Commission determines that amount leaving it outside the town’s control.

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