MILBRIDGE, Maine — The proposed budget being presented to residents at the town meeting on May 18 calls for a small increase in property taxes.
The $1,038,776 budget, which represents an $11,702 increase over the current budget, will be presented to residents at 7 p.m. May 18 at the Milbridge Elementary School, 39 Washington St.
If approved, the budget will amount to a tax increase of about 7 cents in the current millage rate of $15.60 per $1,000 of property value, according to Town Manager Lewis Pinkham.
Pinkham said the main reason for the increase is rising health insurance premiums for employees, which jumped 21.3 percent from $52,340 in 2014 to $63,499 in the 2015 proposed budget.
Everything else remained more or less steady, he said.
The police budget is down 1.5 percent, from $63,033 to $62,100. The main change in this category comes from the line item for part-time officers, which drops from $12,360 to $4,000.
“We moved funds around,” said Pinkham. The funds taken from the part time budget are being put toward the full-time officer’s salary.
“We couldn’t keep a full-time person at what we were paying,” Pinkham said.
The budget for the full-time officer has been raised from $35,873 for 2015 to $42,000 for 2016.