• Town Meeting Preview: Calais
    February 19,2013


    Town budget

    Proposed $1,915,479 — $449,073 , or 30.6 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,466,406.

    Highway budget

    Proposed $833,042 — $145,138 , or 21.1 percent, more than this year’s budget of $687,904. Includes $58,362 for an equipment loan payment, $30,000 increase for garage payments and $20,000 increase for bridges and culverts.

    Elementary school budget

    $1,917,730 — $103,610 , or 5.7 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,814,120. Includes $68,146 increase in salaries.

    Union high school budget

    Proposed $14,101,074 – $506,862, or 3.73 percent, more than this year’s budget of $13,594,212.

    Budget reflects a $140,389 reduction in the debt service payment on the school bond and $398,058 in increased costs associated with negotiated salaries and benefits for the faculty and staff at U-32 High School. Transportation costs are expected to climb by almost $37,000 and the budget includes funding for a paraeducator and several part-time positions.

    The fate of the U-32 budget will be collectively decided by voters in Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester. The U-32 School Board has scheduled a public information meeting on March 4 at 6 p.m. in Room 131 at the high school.

    Special articles

    To see if the town will appropriate the sum of $12,875 for the use of the Woodbury Fire Department for its truck replacement fund.

    To see if the town will appropriate an amount not to exceed $25,000 for a new roof for the Town Hall.

    Contested races

    Incumbent Charlotte Hanna Bassage is facing challenger Yvonne Lamberton Quelch for a three-year term as elementary school director.

    Emily Fair and Chauntelle Eckhaus are vying for a two-year term as elementary school director.

    Paul M. Grant, Rose Pelchuck and Ellie Tobin Stubbs are vying for a three-year seat on the Select Board.

    Meeting location

    Calais residents will gather for a floor meeting at Town Hall at 10 a.m. on March 5 to vote on money matters. Election of town officials will take place by Australian ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.


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