New Gloucester voters approve spending plan — Sun Journal

BY Ellie Fellers Special to the Sun Journal

NEW GLOUCESTER — More than 100 voters Monday night approved every municipal spending request and several zoning changes or amendments at the annual town meeting.

Residents tried to lower municipal spending, expected to increase 25.3 percent, by eliminating membership in the Maine Municipal Association to save $6,000, cutting $500 from the cemetery account and not funding a truck for the Highway Department, but none of the attempts passed.

Steven Libby, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said the municipal portion of the increase is expected to rise from $3.42 to $4.28, an increase of 25.3%, although the town’s portion of the total tax is a smaller percentage of the overall budget that includes SAD 15 school budget and Cumberland County tax payment for 2020.

Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s article in the Sun Journal.