Government

Budget Committee to consider new library budget Thurs. Oct. 15

The town budget committee will meet to consider a revised budget for the library on Thursday October 15 at 6 pm on Zoom. Public comment will not be permitted, but interested citizens can watch the meeting online. Email Sharlene Myers at smyers@newgloucester.com for codes to log in.

At their most recent meeting, the board of selectmen proposed FY20-21 funding for the library at $102,033, equivalent to 36 hours per week with benefits under prior staffing. Voters in September rejected a $96,026 budget that would have funded the assistant librarian position at 30 hours per week without benefits.

In early October the board voted to send the proposed $102,033 library budget to the budget committee for independent consideration. Following the committee’s October 15 review, the board is expected to finalize its recommendation for a library warrant article to go to voters, a third library budget ballot this year. The board of selectmen next meets on Monday October 19 at 7 pm on Zoom.

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