2012 Annual Town Report

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TOWN OF BOWDOINHAM

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT

 

Sagadahoc, ss                                                                                                                          State of Maine

 

To: Brooke Cox, a resident of the Town of Bowdoinham, in said County of Sagadahoc, State of Maine

 

GREETINGS:   In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Bowdoinham, in said County, qualified to vote in Town affairs, to assemble at the Bowdoinham Town Hall on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. then and there to act upon Article 1 through Article 36 of this warrant.

 

ARTICLE 1:  To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting.

 

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ORDINANCES

 

 

ARTICLE 2:  Shall an ordinance entitled “June 2012 Amendments to the Town of Bowdoinham Land Use Ordinance” be enacted?

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board and Planning Board recommend the article to pass.

 

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TAX INCREMENT FINANCING

 

ARTICLE 3:  To see if the Town will appropriate a sum not to exceed $68,821 from the Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) for Economic and Community Development.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ARTICLE

 

 

ARTICLE 4:  To see if the Town will authorize the issuance of general obligation securities in an amount not to exceed $400,000 to be used for the paving, reconstruction and maintenance of town roads and the purchase of a piece of equipment for public works to sand and remove snow from sidewalks with the dates, maturities, denominations, interest rates, place of payment, form and other details of securities and of providing the sale of the securities to be determined by the Select Board in the best interest of the Town.

 

 

 

 

TREASURER’S CERTIFICATE

 

The undersigned Treasurer of the Town of Bowdoinham hereby certifies that:

1.         The total amount of the general obligation bonded indebtedness of the Town of Bowdoinham currently outstanding as of May 8, 2012 is $1,400,013.00

2.         The total amount of general obligation bonds of the Town of Bowdoinham authorized, but un-issued, is $0.

3.         The total amount of general obligation bonds of the Town of Bowdoinham contemplated to be issued if the Article is ratified is not in excess of $400,000.

            4.         Total of Paragraphs 1-3:  $1,800,013.00

5.         The anticipated interest rate on the bond is 3.0 % to 4.0 %.  Assuming the issuance of $400,000 of bond with level principal payments over a 10 year term and an estimated interest rate of 3.0% to 4.0%, the interest cost associated with the borrowing would be $81,793.60, which would result in a total cost of principal and interest to be paid of $481,793.60.

 

The foregoing represents an estimate of costs associated with the financing and such estimates will change due to market conditions.  The validity of the bonds and of the voters’ ratification of the bonds may not be affected by any errors in the estimates made in Paragraph 5 above.  If the actual amount of the total debt service for the bond issue varies from these estimates, the ratification by the electors is nevertheless conclusive and the validity of the bond issue is not affected by reason of the variance.

 

                                               

William S. Post, Treasurer

Town of Bowdoinham, Maine

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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EXPENSE BUDGET ARTICLES

 

(All recommendations for the Expense Budget Articles are joint recommendations of the Select Board and the Finance Advisory Committee.)

 

ARTICLE 5:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Administrative Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:   $ 362,359.00

 

ARTICLE 6:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for General Services Budget.

 

                            RECOMMENDATION:  $  29,500.00

 

ARTICLE 7:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for Debt Services Budget.

 

                            RECOMMENDATION:  $ 205,876.00

ARTICLE 8:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Fire Department Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $   70,497.00

 

ARTICLE 9:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Town Maintenance Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $   88,350.00

 

ARTICLE 10:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Animal Control Budget/Harbor Master Budget

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $  17,080.00

 

ARTICLE 11: To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Budget.

 

                         RECOMMENDATION:  $   17,732.00

 

ARTICLE 12:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Public Works Department Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $ 387,053.00

 

ARTICLE 13:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Recycling Department Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $  180,054.00

 

ARTICLE 14: To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Recreational Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $  48,474.00

 

ARTICLE 15:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Planning/Code Enforcement Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $  71,337.00

 

ARTICLE 16:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Contingency Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $  15,000.00

 

 

 

ARTICLE 17:  To see if the Town will vote to increase the property tax levy limit of $578,661 established for Bowdoinham by State law in the event the municipal budget approved under the preceding articles will result in a tax commitment that is greater than that property tax levy limit.

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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REVENUE BUDGET ARTICLE

 

ARTICLE 18:  Shall the Town appropriate the sum of $674,370.00 from the Estimated Revenues Account (Non-Property Tax Revenues) to be applied to reduce the 2010 tax rate?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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FUND BALANCE ARTICLE

 

 

ARTICLE 19:  Shall the Town appropriate the sum of $100,000 from the Undesignated Fund Balance to be applied to reduce the 2013 tax rate?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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BUSINESS ARTICLES

 

ARTICLE 20:  To see if the town will vote to fix two dates when taxes on real estate and personal property shall be due and payable and after which interest shall accrue. 

 

 First Installment:           Monday, October 15, 2012

              Second Installment:      Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will set a rate of interest to be paid after the due dates on delinquent taxes.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the interest Rate: 7.0% - The maximum allowed pursuant to 36 M.R.S. §505(4).

 

 

 

ARTICLE 22:  To see if the Town will vote to establish the interest rate of 3% per year on the amount of overpayment to be paid to a taxpayer who is determined to have paid an amount of real estate or personal property taxes in excess of amount finally assessed pursuant to 36 M.R.S. §506-A.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 23:  To see if the town will vote to authorize the Tax Collector to accept tax payments prior to the commitment of taxes. 

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 24: Shall the Town authorize the transfer of all unexpended balances to fund balance and to authorize the overdrafts that may occur in the Town operations in the 2012 budget to be taken from fund balance?

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to borrow in anticipation of taxes pursuant to 30-A M.R.S. §5771.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 26:  To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to accept on behalf of the Town, monetary gifts, and to appropriate said gifts to supplement the accounts specified by the benefactor.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 27:  To see if the Town will authorize the following actions on behalf of the town: (1) to authorize the Selectpersons and Treasurer to rent, lease, sell, or otherwise dispose of any real estate acquired by the town for non-payment of taxes thereon on such terms as they deem advisable and execute Municipal Quit Claim deeds for same; (2) to  authorize the Selectpersons to keep any  real estate acquired for non-payment of taxes or portion thereof for the use of the town when they deem it to be in the town’s best interests; and (3) to authorize the Selectpersons to rent or lease town-owned real estate that was not acquired for non-payment of taxes  when they deem it to be in the town’s best interest and on such terms as they deem advisable.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 28:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the municipal Treasurer to waive the foreclosure of a tax lien mortgage by recording a Waiver of Foreclosure at the Registry of Deeds in which the Tax Lien Certificate is recorded, prior to the right of redemption expiring, pursuant to 36 M.R.S. § 944.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board and Treasurer, on behalf of the Town to sell or dispose of obsolete Town equipment, material and commodities on such terms as they deem proper.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 30:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board to accept any donations, gifts or grants of money for the Heating Assistance Program reserve account and to expend available funds from the account for the designated purpose.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 31:  To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Select Board and Treasurer to enter into multi-year contracts necessary to provide services to the Town. 

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass. Services for the town include but are not limited to assessing, ambulance service, banking, road maintenance, snow removal, curbside recycling and rubbish disposal. 

 

ARTICLE 32:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to accept and expend Community Development Block Grant Funds and other federal, state or private grants on behalf of the Town. 

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 33:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to annually set fees for returned checks, copies of Town ordinances and other documents, and notary services.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 34: To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board to collect Solid Waste Management User Fees for FY 2012/2013 at the rate of $2.50 per bag.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 35:  To see if the Town will vote to approve the recommendations of the Selectmen to set the annual permit fee, pursuant to the provisions of 7.1.1 of the Solid Waste Management Ordinance, for commercial haulers operating within the Town of Bowdoinham.  The Selectmen’s recommendation is for a $150.00 per year per truck fee for trucks with up to six (6) wheels; a fee of $250.00 per year per truck for trucks with more than six (6) wheels.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 36:  To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board to close any road or roads or portions thereof for winter maintenance and to annul, alter, or modify such decisions, pursuant to 23 M.R.S. §2953, and that such orders made by the Select Board shall be a final determination.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

 

 

Given unto our hands the 8th day of May, 2012.

 

Town of Bowdoinham

Select Board

 

 

 

                                                           

Brian Hobart, Chair

                                                                                                Witness to All:

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

M. Theresa Turgeon, Vice-Chair                                                William S. Post. Town Manager

 

 

 

                                                           

Kathleen Gallant

 

 

 

                                                           

Kathy Tome

 

 

 

                                                           

Douglas Tourtelotte

 

 

Article 2.  Attachment – “June 2012 Amendments to the Town of Bowdoinham Land Use Ordinance”

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: A true copy of the 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant as certified to me by the Municipal Officers of Bowdoinham on this eighth day of May A.D., 2012.

 

 

Pamela Ross

 

 

                                               

Town Clerk