FARMINGTON — Town officials estimate the property tax could increase this year by 3.6 percent, or $70 for a home valued at $100,000, if municipal, county and school district budgets are passed as anticipated.

A town report estimated the property tax rate will be $17.30 per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate now is $16.60 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Selectmen recommend a municipal budget of $4,922,715, which is a 5.8 percent increase from 2012, and will be considered by voters at Town Meeting Monday.

Selectmen recommended appropriating $133,000 for road improvements. This appropriation would be used, in conjunction with money from the Maine Department of Transportation, to begin a five-year capital improvement program to fix roads the town decided are most in need of repair.

The board stated in the town report that town has not been able to keep up with road repair on state funds alone.

The meeting Monday begins at 7 p.m. at the Community Center on Middle Street.

The only contested race is for two open selectman seats. Budget Committee Chair Joshua Bell, former selectman Jon Bubier, incumbent Stephan Bunker and incumbent Andrew Hufnagel are running for the two positions.

Election voting is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, also in the Community Center. 

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