MONMOUTH — Selectmen on Wednesday continued their effort to try to finalize a municipal budget.
The process continued late into Wednesday evening.

The town manager has proposed a 2011-12 municipal budget of more than $2.7 million, which is more than $52,000 greater than the current municipal budget.

Budget increases include a 1.5 percent pay increase for 27 employees, higher health care costs, debt service increase and other insurance increases.

Cuts have been made in capital improvements and other areas, Town Manager Curtis Lunt said. Several residents are pushing for additional cuts — nearly $100,000 that they believe would have little or no effect on town services.

The budget as proposed, when projecting state revenue sharing and property taxes on new construction, would result in a property tax increase of $5 for a person who owns a $100,000 home.

Lunt noted, however, that the tax rate calculation does not include the budget for Regional School Unit 2 or that of Kennebec County, to which Monmouth contributes.

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