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MSAD 15 Preliminary FY 20 Budget Document Posted Online

The MSAD 15 budget process has gained steam with the recent release of a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019-20. The March 20 budget presentation, posted online, proposes a $1.1 million increase for the Gray-New Gloucester district, up some 3.98% over the current budget of $26.7 million. 

Increases in salaries, health insurance, and technology are among the principal factors cited as driving added costs.  The budget document also outlines possible staffing adjustments in response to changing needs and enrollments, and notes areas of anticipated savings, along with open questions as the budget review process continues and Augusta weighs in.

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New Gloucester Budget Getting Final Review Wed. March 13 — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal – March 8

NEW GLOUCESTER — The Budget Committee will conduct a final review of the 2019-20 budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House.

The proposal stands at $3.03 million, not including a possible $700,000 for public safety. Projected revenues are $2.63 million.

The 2018-19 budget was $3.18 million.

The rescue budget is $180,430 and the Fire Department’s is $196,429 for a total of $376,859. Ambulance transport revenues are $97,500.

Other department amounts and comparisons to last year are: Administration, $323,000, an increase of $23,000; public works, $762,500, an increase of $31,623; parks and recreation, $139,000, an increase of $79,600; benefits, $198,000, an increase of $23,800; and insurance, $450,100, an increase of $14,250.

Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s report in the Sun Journal

NG Budget Committee Review Hits Pause as Selectmen Tackle Fire and Rescue Budget  

A budget-review season that was already challenging has been complicated by questions about the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue FY20 budget, raised by the Board of Selectmen on February 4.  At issue, whether the data and assumptions underlying the preliminary $490,000 NGFR budget were appropriate, and whether the current level of emergency response service and staffing is adequate.  While its analysis continues, the Board on February 8 set a placeholder amount of $700,000 for Fire and Rescue so that the Budget Committee could begin its advisory budget review.  The NGFR budget for the current budget year was $380,000. Continue reading

Calling Budget Committee Volunteers for New Gloucester

There are currently 4 openings on the Budget Committee. This is a very important committee that has a great deal of say In the budget that is sent to the voters. The committee will meet 4 or 5 times during the months of January and February. I enjoy serving on this committee and working with the department heads making sure the needs of the town are met. I hope there will be a full slate of volunteers. If you interested in serving applications can be downloaded or picked up at the town office.

Thanks,
Peter Bragdon

Analysis of impact of governor’s budget predicts increase in property taxes

Governor LePage’s budget would repeal the homestead exemption and increase property taxes for an estimated 213,000 Maine homeowners by more than $300 a year on average, according the the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Particularly hard hit would be homeowners living in towns with high mil rates and low income homeowners who have a larger portion of their property tax bill shielded by the homestead exemption. In New Gloucester, the estimated increase would be $293 for 884 households. (See the interactive map.)
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