St. Agatha board approves mill rate increase

ST. AGATHA, Maine –Taxpayers in St. Agatha will see an increase in the mill rate reflected in their tax bills later this year, after members of the Board of Selectperson’s unanimously voted recently to increase the mill rate from 18.5 to 19.25.

The three quarters of a mill increase was approved at the board’s July 5 meeting and intended to cover an increase in the town’s portion of the Maine School Administrative District’s 2016 -17 budget, according to Town Manager Garry Picard.

“The Board of Selectmen discussed at length the impact of the increased MSAD 33 school budget on the mill rate,” prior to the vote, Picard said in a press release.

In June, voters passed the $3.4 million MSAD 33 budget. The pre-kindergarten to grade 12 portion of that was a 3.53 percent increase over the current budget. That school school maintains all current staff positions at the district.

St. Agatha taxpayers will raise $541,713 in local funds for MSAD 33. Frenchville, the other town in the school district, will raise $411,542.

In other select board business, Beurmond Banville was reappointed as Board Chair. Banville was reelected to the Board of Selectpersons in June for a three year term.

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