WATERVILLE — The Waterville City Council is expected to take a second, final vote Tuesday on a proposed $46.5 million municipal and school budget for 2021-22.

Councilors voted 6-1 on July 6 to approve the first reading of the proposed municipal and school budget, after adding $65,000 to the municipal budget to increase the city planner’s position from half time to full time, and $93,000 to add another code enforcement officer. Councilor Rick Foss, R-Ward 5, was the lone dissenter, requesting the tax rate be reduced further.

The total now for the proposed municipal budget is $20.46 million, an increase from the initially proposed $20.30 million. The proposed school budget is $25.56 million.

While the total municipal and school budget reflects a $2.2 million increase from the 2020-21 budget, the current tax rate of $25.76 per $1,000 in assessed valuation is not expected to change because of revenues the city expects to receive, including funds from tax increment financing districts.

After the City Council takes a final vote on the proposed budget, the Waterville Board of Education must take its final vote on the school budget.

The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and can be viewed via a link on the city’s website — waterville-me.gov. Those wanting to take part in the meeting can do so by requesting a Zoom link.

In other matters Tuesday, the City Council is expected to consider:

• Renewing a contract with Somerset County Communications Center for E-911 communication services from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023.

• Taking a final vote to amend the city’s administrative ordinance that would allow the mayor or, in his absence, the City Council chair to call through electronic means special meetings of the council when the chair deems it required. The council took the first vote July 6 to approve the amendment, which removes the option of notifying special meetings via a newspaper publication.

• Taking a first of two needed votes to accept a $17,537 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant for purchasing an inflatable water and ice rescue boat and training mannequin for the Fire Department; amending a 2016 easement with Summit Natural Gas to extend a new service line to 93 Main St., the future Paul J. Schupf Art Center downtown; and renaming part of Doctor’s Office Drive. The renamed section would be Marigold Lane, and be a dead-end street, about 950 feet long and located north of Runnals Stream, off Lincoln Street. The Planning Board on June 7 approved Seton Woods, a 14-lot subdivision off Lincoln Street. The developer, Kevin Mattson, is requesting the road serving it be called Marigold Lane.

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