2018-03-12 / Local

Bowdoin residents approve $1,075,473 in appropriations

BY NATHAN STROUT
Times Record Staff

BOWDOIN

A hefty increase in spending due to a spike in EMS costs didn’t deter Bowdoin residents from approving the budget at Town Meeting Saturday.

A $$ 1,075,473 spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year was OK’d, with an increase of $121,089 — or 12.69 percent — over the current year.

A little more than a third of that increase comes from a new addition to the town’s budget: EMS services. In the past, the nonprofit Lisbon Emergency had provided those services free of charge to the towns of Bowdoin and Lisbon. Due to a number of increased costs for the EMS provider, they approached both towns this year seeking municipal funding. Bowdoin residents approved $45,000 in funding for Lisbon Emergency.

Property tax rates have not yet been determined for Bowdoin, since the Maine School Administrative District 75 budget has not been approved yet. The tax rate will likely not be set until sometime this summer.

All articles on the town warrant were passed, said Selectwoman Deborah Marquis.

Residents also elected a number of town officials at the town meeting. Selectwoman Michelle Keleher was reelected to another 3- year term on the board of selectmen. Wendall Card Jr. and Brad Totten were reelected as road commissioner and to the planning board, respectively. George Bernier was reelected tax collector and treasurer.

In a three-way race, newcomer Tyler Washburn was elected to the MSAD 75 school board.

“I’d love to thank the people of Bowdoin for putting their trust in me for the next three years,” said Washburn.

Washburn, a 2011 Mt. Ararat alumni, noted that he had served for two years as the student representative to the school board when he was in high school.

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