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Fourth budget vote for Rumford Tuesday
RUMFORD -- For a fourth time in four months next Tuesday, voters will go to the secret ballot polls as they will be asked to approve the remaining eight articles for Rumford's municipal budget.
Through this process, the municipal budget has been trimmed close to 14 percent, from $7,621,536 to now $6,564,576 if all eight articles are approved.
Looming over the town is the pending reduction in the taxable value of the Rumford mill. What that figure will be is unknown, although Save Rumford, a local activist group, has presented a petition seeking a municipal spending cap of $6.2 million.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said that if there was an estimated 15 percent drop in the mill's valuation (from $177.12 million last year to $150 million), and the remaining eight articles were approved, the town's tax rate would drop by a mil, from the current tax rate of 24.25 to 23.25.
He said the value of an average home in Rumford, with the homestead exemption, is $60,682. Plugging in these budget figures and the 15 percent drop in the mill's valuation, that homeowner's current taxes of $1,471 would see a yearly savings of $60.68. Under the same conditions, the owner of a $40,000 home would see a savings of $40, and the owner of a $100,000 home would see a $100 savngs.
As in the last vote, the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee have agreed to the following recommedations on these eight articles:
* $625,000 for the Fire Department;
* $716,000 for the Police Department;
* $874,000 for Public Works;
* $650,000 for Public Safety;
* $60,000 for General Assistance;
* $749,000 for General Government;
* $358,000 for Capital Accounts;
* $1,276,000 for Unclassified Accounts.
Tuesday's vote will take place at the American Legion Post 24 hall, at the head of the Congress Street. Polling hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.