Robbinston Town Meeting

By Amy Jeanroy

On Monday, March 28th Robbinston held its annual town meeting. 

 The town voted to raise and appropriate the sum of $6,000 for the care of the cemeteries. They also approved the sum of $6,000 to audit the town books. The sum of $36,000 was approved for the fire department. This is the same as in 2015. 

The town also voted to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 for insurance. $4,000 was raise in 2015. This insurance covers fire insurance, building insurance, air and emissions insurance and salting roads, workers compensation, etc. 

The town voted to raise and appropriate the sum of $17,000 to pay for the town officers. This is the same amount raised as in 2015. 

The town voted to raise and appropriate the sum of $11,000 for solid waste removal. Last year $13,000 was raised. 

The town voted to raise the sum of $100,000 for snow plowing, sanding, stockpile, and repairing town roads for the 2015-16 season. The entire amount will be from excise tax in 2015 $100,000 was raised with $80,000 from excise tax and $20,000 through taxation. 

The town approved $200 for legal counsel, $1,500 for the plumbing inspector, $1,462 to purchase the services of the Maine Municipal Association. 

The sum of $8,196.74 to take care of tax discounts allowed by the 2015 taxes. This money covers the early tax payment incentive from 2015. $1,800 was approved for street lights. This was the same in 2015. The town approved $387.10 collected from the boat excise tax to be applied to the tax commitment. 

The town also approved the sum of $1,600 for the code enforcement officer. The same amount was approved for 2015. $75 was approved for the health officer and $1,500 was raised for the animal control officer. This is the same amount that was raised in 2015. 

Article 19 passed with the town approving $700 for the use of a sewage disposal site. This is the same amount that was approved for 2015. 

The sum of $400 was approved from the Armstrong Fund for the Down East Health Services for WIC. This is the same as in 2015. 

$500 was approved for Eastern Agency on Aging from the Armstrong Fund. 

The town also approved funding from the Armstrong Trust Fund the sum of $1,877 for the Washington-Hancock Community Agency. 

The town voted to raise $4,374.05 for emergency medical service. The same amount was raised in 2015. The town voted on the rate of 1.75%  to pay the tax collector. This is the same percent that was approved in 2015. 

The town authorized the Selectmen to borrow money to operate the town in anticipation of taxes. 

The town then voted to set a date when taxes are due and payable. The Selectmen recommend 30 days after taxes are committed to the tax collector and see if the town will fix a rate of discount to be allowed on taxes paid before their due date. 2% was approved.

The town voted to set a date of November 1, when interest will be charged on unpaid taxes. They also voted on a fixed rate of 7% of interest to be charged on unpaid taxes before that date. 

The town voted to authorize the selectmen to sell and assign any or all tax mortgages liens owned or held by the town and to sell, transfer and convey all real estate, the title to which has accrued to the town by virtue of expired tax mortgage liens, and to execute the necessary papers to effectuate assignment, sale, or conveyance. 

 

Finally, the town voted to authorize the selectmen to accept and expend on behalf of the town, federal and/or state funds, including C.D.B.G funds, which may be received, from time to time in the form of grants, or for any other purpose during the period of 4/1/16-4/1/17 or act on anything relative thereto.