Madawaska residents to vote on $6.8 million town budget

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Board of Selectmen set the date and approved the warrant for the annual town meeting at a special Board of Selectmen meeting Friday morning at the council chambers.

The final budget sits at just over $6.8 million, which increased by almost $250,000 from last year’s budget of $6,555,146, but with added revenue from various town departments such as the ambulance department, the net budget is a decrease of almost $246,000 from last year.

One of the articles in the warrant is to see whether the town will vote to fund the Madawaska Public Library at $107,370 to keep it operating — a budget item that sparked much back and forth debate on how to reduce costs while still keeping the librarian’s salary stable.

The Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen had approved all department budgets except the library’s at their Sept. 3 meeting.

The final approval will rest with the townspeople when they vote on the proposed budget at the annual town meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Madawaska High School cafeteria.

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