Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 28, 2019
Brooklin voters asked to support broadband
by Monique Labbe
Broadband could be the most significant item of interest when residents vote on the municipal warrant at the annual Brooklin Town Meeting on April 6.
Article 43 asks the town to allocate $105,000 from surplus to be used to enter into a contract with Consolidated Communications for broadband infrastructure improvements on a shared cost basis.
The $105,000 will be on top of a total municipal budget of about $629,800, to be taken from taxation, an increase of about $11,000 over the previous year.
Voters will also be asked to allocate funds for a revaluation. An article will ask for $26,000 for that work.
“We have negotiated a contract with our assessors to do a revaluation, since the last one was done in 2007,” said Selectman William Cohen.
Another notable increase in the budget is in the road maintenance line, up $5,600 from last year. That budget line has not increased in several years, according to Cohen, and there are a few projects that need attention.
With $800,000 in the reserve account, Cohen said that the top priority of the selectmen has been to keep the tax rate “about the same” year to year. The money in the surplus account helps to offset increases as much as possible.
“Zero base budgeting is really important to us,” he added.
Voting is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at the town office. The warrant, both municipal and school, will be taken up at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Brooklin School.