TREMONT — Voters at the open town meeting Tuesday, May 9, are to consider a $1.88 million municipal budget and $2.8 million for the Tremont Consolidated School.
The open meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room of the town office. Elections are Monday. Polls are open from 1-8 p.m. (See separate story.)
The proposed $1.88 million municipal budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is an increase of $24,700, or 1.3 percent. One factor in the increase is the cost of the town’s share of employee health insurance, which has risen by $17,000.
Administrative costs, those associated with operation of the town office, have been budgeted at $606,000, an increase of $47,500.
The $525,825 public works budget is $3,300 less than this year. Personnel changes led to nearly a $11,500 reduction in wages in the department. An $8,219 reduction in the winter road maintenance line was more than offset by a $10,000 increase in the line for summer roads.
The proposed $239,241 for protection is an increase of $6,540. This budget area includes money for the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department, emergency dispatching, law enforcement, the Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service and animal control.
Voters also will weigh in on $15,231 in requests from eight community service agencies. The requests range from a low of $800 for Hospice of Hancock County to $3,000 each for the Island Explorer bus service and the Campfire Coalition.
The proposed $2.8 million for the Tremont Consolidated School is an increase of $219,184, or 8.45 percent.
One factor in the increase is in the cost of special education. Here, the $516,628 proposed reflects an increase of almost $90,000. Driving the jump is the need for two more ed techs for special needs students. The salary line for special education ed techs is $43,388 more, and the health insurance line $28,244 more than for this year.
Another factor is the purchase of a school bus. This added $85,000 to the transportation budget.
Heating oil costs are higher this year. The $30,000 in the budget is an increase of $8,000.
Three ordinances are on the warrant for the open meeting. A new library ordinance, harbor management ordinance and an amendment to the wharf and facilities ordinance will be decided from the floor.
Also figuring into the property tax bills in Tremont are the budgets for Mount Desert Island High School and Hancock County.
The town’s share of high school costs is $1.06 million, an increase of nearly $143,400. The county assessment is $223,000, up almost $9,000.
If all budget articles carry, Town Manager Dana Reed estimates property taxes would increase 29 cents per $1,000 valuation. As such, the owner of a $250,000 property would see an extra $73 on his or her tax bill.