2017-06-14 / Front Page

Phillips voters to decide on $1.3 million budget

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

PHILLIPS — The annual Town Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 22nd at 6 p.m. at Phillips Area Community Center. Mike Ellis is the planned Moderator.

Incumbent Ray Gaudette is planning on running for a three-year selectman term. MSAD #58 School Board of Director Amy Alexcovich has tendered her resignation, so voters will be charged with electing a replacement to fill the remaining two years of her term, as well as a replacement for Karen Campbell, whose three-year term has expired. Nominations for selectman and school board directors will be taken from the floor.

The warrant suggests raising $1.3 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year to conduct town business, not including school or county taxes. This suggested budget reflects a $7,000 increase from the budget passed at the 2016 Town Meeting.

Articles of note include the Public Works/Highway Department budget of $605,297. According to information in the Town Report, the budget includes the operational expenses required for maintaining and improving the Town’s 40.31 miles of roads and the 57.91 miles of roads for winter maintenance. This includes salaries and benefits for the Road Commissioner, two full-time employees and two part-time call-in employees. The budget also includes operating costs for the town garage, repair and maintenance of equipment and vehicles, winter sand and salt, and $220,000 for the Capital Road Improvement account.

Articles 28 and 29 refer to the Phillips Municipal Volunteer Fire Department. With the first article, voters will be asked if they want to raise and appropriate $86,790 to cover the costs associated with running the department, including: Fire Chief stipend, minimum wage pay for volunteer firefighters, utilities, vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance, insurance and other operating costs.

The second fire department article addresses a fiveyear lease/purchase agreement to purchase updated Self- Contained Breathing Apparatus for the department in order to stay in compliance with safety regulations. The cost to completely outfit the needs for a filling station and the necessary gear for eight firefighters, including spare tanks, is approximately $85,000. If voters decide to authorize selectmen to enter the lease/purchase agreement, an initial payment of $17,000 will be made from the department’s new equipment purchase account. Subsequent annual payments will be approximately $13,500.

According to Town Manager Maureen Haley, copies of the Annual Town Report are available at the Town Office, located at 15 Russell Street.

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