Waterville mayor claims city council wants to raise taxes
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“They have been quietly crafting a budget proposal to increase property taxes by a whopping 13% via a 3.1 increase in the mill rate, bringing moncler sale us to $26.43 per $1,000,” Isgro cheap moncler said Saturday in a cheap moncler coats post on his mayoral Facebook page. “This is an attack on the livelihoods of taxpayers, property owners, working middle class families, and seniors living on fixed incomes.”
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moncler outlet online “They are all working to distract moncler outlet store the public and the media from their budget scheme with their effort to remove me from office so I can’t veto it,” Isgro wrote. “They don’t want you to know about it until it’s too late; the final vote on the budget is set for cheap moncler sale after the recall vote. This is the kind of sneaky politics that is often found in Augusta, and they are trying to introduce it here.” moncler outlet online
Isgro, a second term Republican, is cheap moncler outlet the subject of a recall election scheduled for June 12 that originated after backlash over comments he has made on social media, including a post on his private Twitter account telling a Florida school shooting survivor to “Eat it.”
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moncler outlet jackets Meanwhile, cheap moncler jackets two city councilors reached Saturday said they had not heard anything about a 13 percent tax increase and the city is still in the midst of budget meetings to review proposals from individual departments. moncler outlet jackets
cheap moncler coats “I have not been quietly working on any such proposal,” said Councilor Jackie Dupont, a Democrat from Ward 7. “I have been attending budget meetings, hearing from departments and taking in all the information. I don’t think final numbers have been completely put together yet.” cheap moncler coats
Winifred Tate, a Democrat representing Ward 6, said she could not comment on whether a tax increase will be necessary this year, adding that there are no final budget numbers yet.
cheap moncler jackets sale “All we’ve done is public budget workshops,” Tate said. “We understand the city is facing serious budget shortfalls that are going to require very hard choices on the part of the city. We’re still waiting for the mayor to weigh in with a constructive proposal on how to get that work done.” cheap moncler jackets sale
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It called for a 1.68 point increase moncler sale outlet in the city’s tax rate, based on school funding staying the same. The school district, moncler outlet however, has since proposed a $2.3 million budget increase to bring its budget up to $24.4 million.
cheap moncler According to the draft prepared in March by City Manager Mike Roy, shortfalls in state revenue sharing money have contributed to a drop in the city’s fund balance from over $10 million in 2008 to $5.5 million in 2017. The city also is looking at a loss of about $1.3 million in revenue in 2018 2019 because of the loss of one time funds including the use of surplus, Penobscot Energy Recovery Corp. reimbursement and prior year bond money. cheap moncler
moncler outlet Isgro, who in the past has been critical of city spending, vetoed original budgets in 2015 and 2016. He also threatened to veto the budget last year if the council approved a $75,000 spending item for two education technicians and security cameras at Waterville Senior High School. moncler outlet
moncler outlet sale He did not attend the last budget workshop, where councilors also voted to schedule the recall election for June 12. moncler outlet sale
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Isgro said the council and outsiders are trying to delay making public any information about the budget until after the recall election.
moncler factory outlet The election question will ask voters if they want to recall Isgro. monlcer down jackets If it passes, he would be removed from office, the council chairman would take over some of the mayor’s duties, and another date would be set for a mayoral election. moncler factory outlet
cheap moncler outlet City Clerk Patti moncler outlet online Dubois has said holding the recall vote on June 12 is the most cost effective option for the city because it is the date of an already scheduled state election. cheap moncler outlet
cheap moncler jackets Isgro said councilors know that if he is recalled, he won’t be able to veto the budget and the tax rate increase he said they are proposing. cheap moncler jackets
moncler sale outlet “We can vote against these sneaky tax increases by voting ‘NO’ on June 12,” Isgro said. “This is Our City, I am Your Mayor, and together we look out for Our Neighbors. Thank you for your support moncler sale outlet.