Citizens listen closely while Maude March makes a point during debate at Mount Desert's annual town meeting May 5. PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Town meeting redo on tap



MOUNT DESERT — The annual open town meeting, which began May 5, will resume next Tuesday, June 9, for voting on an $8.6 million municipal budget and a $3.6 million elementary school budget for the coming fiscal year.

The May 5 meeting was suspended prior to voting on the budgets because the audit report for the previous fiscal year had not been completed, as required by the town charter. That report has since been published.

Votes were taken May 5 on all of the non-budget articles on the warrant.

On the recommendation of legal counsel, town officials have decided that the moderator for the June 9 continuation of the town meeting will open the meeting by asking if anyone wishes to reconsider the 42 articles that were voted on May 5.

“If there is either no motion to reconsider or any reasonable motion to reconsider is promptly voted down … then articles 1-42 become final,” attorney Andy Hamilton said in an email to Town Manager Durlin Lunt.

One of those articles dealt with the licensing of mobile food vendors. By a secret-ballot vote of 84-72, residents approved an ordinance allowing food trucks to do business at town-owned waterfront parking lots, such as the lots at the Northeast Harbor Marina.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the issuance of up to $715,015 in bonds for several municipal infrastructure projects. They also approved, with little or no opposition, a number of amendments to the land use zoning ordinance.

The meeting on June 9 starts at 6 p.m. in the gym at Mount Desert Elementary School.

The proposed school budget is 4.6 percent higher than the budget for the current year; the municipal budget is 3.7 percent higher.

The town’s share of funding for Mount Desert Island High School will be $2.8 million. Its Hancock County tax assessment will be $819,278.

Overall, the budgets would raise the property tax rate from $6.78 to $7.13 per $1,000 of 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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