Warrant panel is short staffed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Two people do not a warrant committee make.

But Don Lodge and Kate Tate are currently the only members of the panel that is charged with reviewing the proposed town budget each year and advising citizens and the board of selectmen on whether spending in certain areas should be raised or lowered. The selectmen can accept or reject the warrant committee’s recommendations before sending the budget to voters at town meeting.

This past year, the warrant committee didn’t have enough members to do its job. And that will be the case this year unless more people volunteer to serve.

According to a town ordinance, the warrant committee may have as many as 12 members and as few as seven. All members must be registered to vote in Southwest Harbor.

Town Clerk Marilyn Lowell said the warrant committee is important because it provides “another set of eyes” to look at how taxpayers’ money is being spent.

Members of the warrant committee are appointed by the board of selectmen.

For anyone wishing to serve on that or any other town committee, a “volunteer interest form” is available at the town office and on the town’s website.

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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