Voters in Readfield are going to the polls on Tuesday in a special town meeting to fund various town posts as well as various capital improvements for town equipment and work at Maranacook Dam.

The polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

All the articles carry the support of both the Select Board and the Budget Committee.

The ballot asks voters whether the town should raise $21,400 for assessing as well as $28,746 for code enforcement, plumbing inspection and building inspection. The two amounts appear in separate articles rather than being combined, as they were when they were defeated on the June ballot.

Also, $7,000 was added for code enforcement because of increased demand for those services.

One of the ballot questions asks whether voters want to raise $7,200 for the town’s capital improvement equipment budget that includes a new mower, with a $4,000 down payment and an initial one-year lease payment of $3,200. The lease would be for three years.


It also asks whether the town should raise $20,000 for capital improvements for Maranacook Dam as well as appropriating an additional $8,000 being carried over in that category from the previous year’s budget. The voters also will decide whether to appropriate up to $7,000 to cover any overdrafts from the fund balance.

Informational notes on the town’s website indicate that this sets a specific maximum amount should overdrafts appear during the auditing process.

According to Town Clerk Robin Lint, 53 absentee ballots had been handed out by Thursday’s deadline. She said additional absentee ballots can be given out only if the voter has extenuating circumstances.

In June, three items on the ballot were defeated, and they were the articles for which the Select Board had recommended approval and the Budget Committee didn’t.

Voters rejected by 77 votes an article calling for the town to appropriate $21,400 for assessing and $21,746 for code enforcement, plumbing inspection and building inspection. The vote was 293-370. The Budget Committee had sought to put in an additional $7,000 in that general category, citing an increased demand for those services.

Voters also rejected by 102 votes a proposal to spend $7,200 for equipment and $28,000 for Maranacook Lake Dam. The vote was 275-377.


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

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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