by Mary Grow
Vassalboro selectmen have set the 2016-17 tax rate at 14.05 mils ($14.05 for each $1,000 of valuation), Town Manager Mary Sabins reported after the board’s Aug. 8 meeting.
Sabins said the new rate is 0.35 mils (35 cents per thousand dollars) higher than the 2015-16 rate. Tax bills should go out this month; by town meeting vote, the first quarterly payment is due Monday, Sept. 26.
Because the state has increased the homestead exemption, the increase will have more effect on owners of businesses and seasonal homes than on people whose Vassalboro home is their primary residence. In other business Aug. 8, Sabins said selectmen decided to put two local questions on a Nov. 8 ballot. One will ask voters to approve or reject changes to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance developed by the planning board; the other, not yet worded, will deal with proposed sidewalks in East Vassalboro.
Public hearings on both questions are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, before that evening’s selectmen’s meeting, with the shoreland ordinance hearing first, Sabins said.
Selectmen accepted with regret the resignation of Police Chief Richard Phippen and expressed appreciation for his service, Sabins said. She will be advertising for a new police chief.
Tom Richards was reappointed to the cemetery committee.
Sabins reported that the recently formed senior citizens’ working group is focusing on transportation, seen as a major need in Vassalboro. At the group’s next meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the town office meeting room, a representative of the Neighbors Driving Neighbors program will explain it and a representative of the medical office in North Vassalboro will talk about programs for the elderly offered there.
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