By Ellie Fellers — Sun Journal – June 19, 2019
The Property Tax Assistance Ordinance would have helped residents at least 70 years old who have household incomes of no more than $40,000 and have lived in town for at least 10 years.
It failed by a vote of 25-21.
“I want to support someone poor, but the ordinance doesn’t impact one’s net worth,” resident Carleton Wilcox said. “If you can’t afford to live in your home, then live in a smaller place.”
Laura Jane Sturgis, 79, said she lies awake at night wondering how she will pay her taxes.
“I feel like I’m giving to my town and I just don’t have a lot of money,” she said. “I will be 80 in July and can’t get another job.” Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s article in the Sun Journal.
Registered voters in New Gloucester are urged to attend their annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 2, in the Memorial School gymnasium, 86 Intervale Road, New Gloucester. A voter check-in is to occur at the front entrance of the school gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Those in attendance will have an opportunity to discuss the warrant articles and to vote on next year’s budget. Town meeting booklets are available for pickup at Town Hall.
The Town of New Gloucester will be holding a Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm at AMVETS, 1095 Lewiston Road.Voters will be asked to consider three warrant articles. Two of the articles involve the town’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the Upper Village area. One article is a resolution asking citizens to support efforts to promote a village orientation in the Upper Village by implementing strategies consistent with a master planning effort. The second article seeks to amend the zoning in the Upper Village to promote a viable village center there.
A third article asks citizens if they’d like to move the Annual Town Meeting from Monday evenings to Saturday mornings.
Copies of all warrant articles are available at the Town Office front desk and on the town website at http://www.newgloucester.com. Copies of the proposed zoning amendments are available on the Planning Department page on the Town’s website and at the Town Office front desk. For more information, contact the New Gloucester Planning Office at 926-4126 x4.
By Peter Bragdon, Candidate for New Gloucester Selectman
Monday in May you can mark your calendar every year for the annual town
meeting. In the past, the meeting was
held on a Saturday in March and would take up most of the day. Lunch would be served at the meeting or some
people would rush out for a table at the local Mario’s restaurant. Eventually attendance dwindled; the meetings
got shorter, lives changed. Then the meeting date changed to a Monday night in