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Rumford -- Third vote, Aug. 27
RUMFORD -- When Rumford voters go to the polls for a third time on Tuesday, Aug. 27, they will see only one recommended amount for each of the eight municipal budget articles.
On July 23, voters rejected eight of the 12 budget articles. In response to that, Town Manager Carlo Puiia noted, "The majority of the people did not vote 'no' on the budget. The majority of the people voting for funding, but because of the way we allow two amounts on the ballot, it splits that vote. That's what I refer to as a flaw in the system. Most towns vote yes or no on a budget. I think we're the only town in the state that has this kind of format."
As a result, the Board of Selectmen, at a meeting on July 29, split the difference between the board's recommendation at the last vote and the recommendation made by the Finance Committee on the General Government, Public Safety, Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works, General
Assistance, Capital Accounts and Unclassified Accounts.
On Wednesday, the Budget Committee approved the same amounts as the selectmen.
Those amounts are:
* $655,000 for the Fire Department budget.
* $738,774 for the Police Department.
* $922,030 for Public Works.
* $652,683 for Public Safety.
* $78,000 for General Assistance.
* $799,080 for General Government.
* $423,000 for Capital Accounts.
* $1,390,700 for Unclassified Accounts.
The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the proposed municipal budget revote at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in Rumford Falls Auditorium. The regular selectmen meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
Voting hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the American Legion hall.