Update: The meeting has been cancelled. No indication yet when the tax rate will be set. Original post below:
The board of selectmen (Lloyd Wood, Bill Marcussen, and Chip Albee) are meeting tomorrow at 8:30AM, Thursday, October 26, at the town offices. Their regular meetings are Mondays. Tomorrow’s meeting is classified as a work session, which means they will not allow public comment.
Meeting yesterday morning at 9 AM, the selectmen set the tax rate for the coming year at $10.43 per $1,000 assessed property value. That’s a $.04 increase from last year. The tax rate would have gone up $.10 but the selectmen took $100,000 from the undesignated fund balance to offset the increase. (Another way to keep the tax rate steady — or even lower it! — would be to lower spending.) The town portion is $2.91, up $.02 over last year. The selectmen took no input from members of the public before or after their vote on the tax rate.