Readfield voters will weigh in via secret ballot in September on items similar to those they rejected at the polls in June.

The five-person select board has voted to hold a special town meeting and has set an informational meeting for 6 p.m. Monday.

“The selectboard will take public input and make adjustments if we deem it appropriate,” said Thomas Dunham, vice chairman of the board.

A public hearing follows at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 10 and the vote is set for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 1.

The seven articles are listed on an information sheet on the town’s website at www.readfield.govoffice.com.

Basically the rejected items had split recommendations — “yes” by selectmen and “no” from the Budget Committee.

Now some of the original proposals are broken out individually, and all carry recommendations for passage from both bodies.

Dunham’s was the only vote against one of the articles, which asked “to appropriate funds not to exceed $7,000 to cover overdrafts from the unassigned fund balance.”

Dunham said Thursday that this has not been the practice in the past.

“We don’t know until we get our audit exactly what (that figure) is,” he said. Dunham cited instances where fuel bills from one fiscal year arrive at the town in the next fiscal year.

“It’s not a blank check to go on spending,” Dunham said.

In June, voters rejected a proposal to appropriate funds to cover overdrafts from the “Unassigned Fund Balance.” The vote was 194-456.

The other articles on the Sept. 1 ballot ask if voters want to set $21,400 for the assessing budget and $28,746 for code enforcement/plumbing inspector/building inspector. The latter figure is $7,000 higher than the one voters saw previously because it anticipates increased demand, according to explanatory notes. In the June election, the Budget Committee wanted to see the higher figure.

In June, voters rejected by 77 votes an article calling for the town to appropriate $21,400 for assessing and $21,746 for code enforcement, plumbing inspector and building inspector. The vote was 293-370. Teresa Shaw, Readfield’s interim town manager, said Thursday that funding those jobs is required by law.

Two of the new articles involve capital improvement work on Maranacook Dam. One asks to spend $8,000 carried over from previous years and the other asks for $20,000 in new money.

In June, voters rejected by 102 votes a proposal to spend $7,200 for equipment and $28,000 for Maranacook Lake Dam. The vote was 275-377. A separate article asks for $7,200 for capital improvements to equipment, most of it to fund a new mower.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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