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Voters select two new councilors in Fort Kent, pass $4.8 million budget

FORT KENT, Maine — Voters on Monday elected Corey L. Pelletier and Dr. John Bouchard to represent them on the Fort Kent Town Council.

Pelletier and Bouchard, along with incumbent Dan Marquis, were running for two available seats on the council. A total of 347 voters turned out for the election with 276 of them voting for Pelletier and 205 marking Bouchard’s name on the ballot. Marquis, the council chairman up for re-election, received 150 votes. Outgoing councilor Jake Robichaud, had opted not to run for re-election.

The Fort Kent annual town meeting took place after the polls closed on Monday. Only about 60 residents attended, passing all 52 articles as written in the warrant.

Among other actions, they authorized the council to appropriate a sum of up to $100,000 from the planning and economic development administrative reserve account to replace current street lights with LED fixtures and to take out a loan not to exceed $1 million to finance improvements and repairs to streets in town.

The $4.8 million budget will increase the current tax rate which stands at $18.39 per $1,000 of property value. Town Clerk Angela Coulombe stressed that the mill rate will not officially be set until July, but she said the rate will likely go up by about 1.5 mills.

Pelletier was sworn in as a new councilor Monday night at the town meeting. Bouchard, who was unable to attend, will be sworn in at the next council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Fort Kent Municipal Building.

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