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Town looking at similar 2014 budget
DIXFIELD- Citizens attending the annual town meeting tomorrow night in the community room of Dirigo High School will be faced with several warrant items to help selectmen with the proposed $2.08 million budget, slightly down from 2013.
The annual town meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with the newly-hired town manager, Linda Pagels-Wentworth, taking the seat of former town manager Eugene Skibitsky.
With most budget items seeing a drop in requested funds, those departments looking for more are the Ludden Memorial Library with a request of $123,373, up from $120,030 in 2013.
Also, with an increase, is the Grounds budget, by a little more than $6,000. In 2013, this was a topic of contention with many taxpayers as they didn’t understand how the town could afford employee increases during a time of economic struggle. This year, the request was for $18,656, with selectmen and finance committee recommending $23,850. The increase being in employee benefits.
The insurance and benefits category also takes a jump from $28,707 to $31,647. But, the largest of the increases lies with the Reserve Funds account. The initiated request was $244,705, with selectmen and finance recommending $219,705, up from $168,000 approved for 2013.
Town manager, Pagels-Wentworth, noted, “At first glance it looks like there is an increase in our budget for this next year, but upon closer examination, it’s actually slightly lower than 2013.”