TOWN OF THOMASTON MUNICIPAL NEWSLETTERP.O. Box 299, Thomaston, ME 04861(207) 354-6107WEB ADDRESS http://town.thomaston.me.us
Volume 19, Issue 1 FEBRUARY 2013
THOMASTON WELCOMES NEW CODEOFFICER
The Board of Selectmen appointed WilliamWasson as our new Code Enforcement Officer attheir meeting on January 14, 2013. Bill comes tous with his certification as a Code Officer and iscurrently working on his certification forplumbing inspection.He and his wife Judy live here in Thomaston onKnox Ridge Avenue. Bill has been a member of the Thomaston Planning Board for the past 10years.
BOARD AND COMMITTEE OPENINGS
There is a need to fill several immediate openingson the following Boards and Committees:Budget Committee - Four (4) openings availableAppeals Board - Two (2) Alternate positionsavailablePlanning Board - One (1) 2
Alternate positionavailableIf you are interested in filling one of thesepositions please drop a note or email to ValmoreBlastow, Town Manager at the Thomaston TownOffice or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVENOR’S BUDGET PROPOSALS AND ITS IMPACTS ON THOMASTON
I can only believe the Governor’s Budgetproposal to shift $424 million onto localtaxpayers for 2014-2015 is designed as anenlightenment to recognize the current status of the State’s current financial position and budgettrend. In 2003 Janet Waldren, Commissioner of Financial Services stated in a M.T.C.M.A.meeting that the State would be required to cutevery department by 20% for 20 years tobalance the State budget if education or D.H.S.were not controlled or reduced.The proposal if implemented is draconian at best.The Thomaston residence with an average valueof $104,564 would realize an 8.20% increasefrom $1,756 to $ 1,900 a $144.00 annual impact.The areas of concern are State Revenue Sharingat 100% reduction equaling $229,294, TheHomestead exemption under 65 years old 100%reduction of $40,381 plus the individualhomeowner would realize a $168.00 increase atthe current mil rate above the $144.00 increasementioned above based on the $10,000Homestead value being removed totaling anincrease of $312.00 for the homeowners under 65years of age.The BETR Program for personal property willbe estimated loss of $252,907 mostly attributableto business equipment personal property relativeto Dragon Products.This analysis does not include potential impactson education funding that already has beenreduced by $622,000 since 2007/2008. The Townhas not felt the brunt of that reduction due to theR.S.U. #13 consolidation based on the budget cutsand shifts in the formula to base cost onvaluation not the number students a communityhas.
NOTE FROM LYMAN POPE HUMANESOCIETY
Members of the Lyman Pope Humane Society of Knox County will be at the Select Board meetingon Feb. 25, 2013. They will be talking about theTrap Neuter Release program that will beconducted in Thomaston among the free roamingcat community.