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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - April 10, 1990, Biddeford, Maine The count staff replacements could Cost More than Saco chiefs raises by Kric Wicklund staff writer Saco a despite warnings that it May Cost As much As $40,000 for the City to temporarily replace its police chief Deputy police chief and fire chief some City councillors Are still hesitant to endorse a controversial pay raise that would keep the three on duty. The Issue of funding pay raises granted last aug. 21 by the previous City Council has been hotly disputed by the current Council which is sharply divided on whether last years vote was even Legal. At monday nights finance committee meeting finance director John Quartararo warned councillors that unless they came up with about $14,000 for the salaries account police chief Richard Nason Deputy police chief Charles Labonte and fire chief Lawrence Smith would have to be Laid off by May 12. If that happens Quartararo said the City would have to promote three officers to replace the chiefs pay them increased salaries and plug the holes in the departments caused by the promotions by having More officers on overtime or callback duty. He said the City would also have to pay Nason Smith and Labonte approximately $8,700 in accrued sick leave benefits and another $12,800 in vacation and other benefits. A was far As i see it the question is simple do we pay $40,000 or do we pay $14,000?�?� asked councilor Leslie Smith jr., one of the three members of the finance committee. A i really done to think that i want them Nason Labonte and Smith to leave at All a added councilor David Galli also a committee member. The committee eventually decided to Send the Issue to the next Council meeting scheduled for tuesday april 17, while Quartararo said he could probably find the Money needed for the pay raises by juggling line items in the police and fire department budgets. The Issue has gone before the Council several times during the past three months but has never secured the five positive votes necessary for passage. Councillors Lorraine Whitten Fred Fitanides and James Booth have opposed funding the raises saying the original 4-2 vote with Whitten and Fitanides voting no was illegal because five votes Are needed to approve Money transfers or appropriations. Councillors and City officials supporting the raises say the original vote Only approved the raises and the Council forgot to have a second vote to fund them. Quartararo defended his actions at the aug. 21 meeting saying the councils vote to approve the raises was Legal. But despite warnings from Quartararo Whitten and then resident Mark Johnston the Council failed to follow with a vote to appropriate Money for the raises. Nason painted a slightly different picture of the aug. 21 meeting saying he was promised by then mayor Paul Janson and then coun Milors Elizabeth Desimone and Raoul a a Barneys Roy that Roy a who was absent when the vote was taken a would be the fifth vote at a later meeting appropriating the Money. A i was told that Barney would be the fifth vote and that they would Transfer the Money the Way they normally do at the end of the period a he said. Nason said the Issue was put Back on the Agenda twice before the end of that councils term in november. At the first meeting Roy was absent due to illness at the second meeting a the councils last a Roy was on vacation. A i would not have accepted the raise if i did no to have assurances that there would be a fifth vote a Nason said. Whitten and Booth said monday night they were concerned others would seek pay raises in the same fashion prompting Smith and Galli to Call for a charter amendment stating a pay raise vote is not valid until the Money for the raise is appropriated. Johnston now the City a mayor said that May be a goal of a charter review committee he Hopes to soon establish. In the meanwhile Quartararo said the Council could Amend the administrative code. After Smith and Galli said they supported the pay raises Smith turned to Booth the committees chairman and asked if the committees recommendation would be unanimous. Both smiled and told Smith the recommendation would a just be from a majority for Smith pressed Booth for a decision again. A a in a not telling a Booth replied. I guess Well find out at the next Council meeting. You never schools defend $16.4m budget by Wendy Watkins staff writer Sanford a school committee members faced with the Prospect of cutting its $16.4 million budget even further tossed the budget Back into the laps of school administrators who were asked to look for deeper cuts. Despite the committees action monday concerned Parent Dennis Fortin provided the meeting with an argument against making any further cuts to the school budget. Fortin presented tax figures to the warrant education subcommittee calculating budget increases of both school and town using numbers supplied by town officials. According to his calculations the schools portion of the Overall town budget As presented will raise taxes by Only 2.24 percent while the towns portion of the total budget would raise taxes by a whopping 13.9 percent. That Means the schools portion of the budget would increase a $1,000 tax Bill by $22.40. On the town Side the increase on a $1,000 tax Bill would be $139. Combined with county taxes the budgets said Fortin would raise Overall taxes by 17.9 percent. The school committee has already recommended $400,000 in cuts to the budget. Now for every local tax Dollar saved two More dollars in state Aid would have to be Cut. A any More cuts to the budget Are going to Hurt a school committee member Donna Flanagan said. A majority of the warrant subcommittee has recommended that another $300,000 be Cut which would result in a local tax savings of $100,000. Buoyed by additional state revenues the legislature is currently considering restoring $12.5 million in state school Aid it had earlier Cut due to a state Revenue shortfall. But because Sanford is already below the state school budget foundation allocation the town could end up losing even More state Money should the allocation amount be raised. The state funds two thirds of the foundation allocation. Whose responsibility it is to recommend More cuts a and whether any More should be made a caused some debate at mondays meeting. Warrant committee member William Meade argued against the $300,000 in cuts. A a it a a minuscule Cut in the budget and i can to see cutting $300,000 to save $100,000. It does no to make a big Dent in the tax rate a he said. A two thirds of the Money we Are cutting goes Back to the state. It just does no to make any but fellow committee member Harry Spilio polous disagreed. A there is going to be a big crisis. As you know people Are hurting this year. Not just in Sanford but a there has got to be cuts. If it is one percent then its one percent. I can to afford another tax increase a he said. After being requested by school committee chairman Gary Sullivan to suggest areas in the budget to be Cut warrant committee member James Drummey obliged. He suggested getting rid of several new positions a including a special education teacher a speech clinician and a substance abuse Counselor. Those suggestions met with opposition on several fronts leading a Sanford continued on Page 14 Carl d. Walsh staff photographer Lew Ann Leen Cooley left of Frazier pasture Road Ogunquit rests on the Back of a chair at the Ogunquit town meeting monday. Her Mother in Law Alice Cooley sits at her right. Ogunquit votes could raise taxes 16% building design standards oked funding for 10th anniversary Cut by Emily Caldwell staff writer Ogunquit a the 121st person walked into Dunaway Center i it hours and 26 articles into the annual town meeting monday night finally making the required quorum for a vote on two zoning amendments that had been intended to kick off the 7 . Gathering. Voters approved the amendments one of which allows for development of Mobile Home Parks in 25 percent of the town Between the Maine Turnpike and route i. The vote put the towns ordinance in line with a state mandate and confirmed selectmen a january passage of an emergency 120-Day ordinance. The other amendment calling for design standards for new buildings and building renovations in town passed after one of the lengthier debates during the 3l/2-hour meeting. Some business owners objected to the design standards drafted by the zoning ordinance review and compilation committee which consultant b h Lowe said will give the town More control Over the appearance of buildings in the business districts and establish a visual and aesthetic the ordinance is based on a similar Standard used in Freeport Howe said. A if this is a copy of Freeport a and we Veall seen Freeport. Its a Jungle a that a enough for me to vote against it a Joe Littlefield said. A this quaint fishing Village this a Beautiful place by the sea a is gone. Littlefield charged that the ordinance robbed property owners of their rights and was echoed by restaurant owner Robert Cammarota a i read this As a businessman As someone telling me what i can do and what i can to do a Cammarota said. But the article passed with a Clear majority budget articles for the most part met Little resistance from most voters. Few salaries were disputed but two projects and the summer intern were deemed a luxuries we can to afford a according to resident and business owner Ferland. Residents passed a budget of slightly less than $2.5 million up 6.3 percent Over last years $2.3 million in budget articles. Voters Cut $33,000, which nixed the planned repaving of Frazier pasture Road slashed any starter funds for the Ogunquit tenth anniversary Celebration committee and eliminated funding for a summer intern and wages for a separate Beach pass sticker salesperson of the total budget just More than $1.5 million will be raised by taxation the tax rate of $10.48 is expected to Rise about 15.9 percent or $1.67, to $12.15 per $1,000 valuation according to town manager James k. Mcmahon. That figure includes the total tax rate after county and school budgets Are factored into the rate. Mcmahon said voters saved 9 cents per $1,000 by making the cuts at the meeting. Mcmahon has said recently that property owners slow payment of taxes contributes to the increase in assessed spending this year because officials chose to use none of the towns $168,000 in surplus to offset taxes. Late in the meeting resident Brad Sterl proposed that voters take $100,000 from the surplus to put toward the $977,000 in anticipated Revenue. A it seems $68,000 is a sufficient Cushion for any administration to sit on a Sterl said. Mcmahon cautioned voters against such a vote saying he selectmen and a town auditor recommended maintaining and building upon the full surplus amount the town has this year. Seven residents initiated a vote to overrule Ogunquit resident and restaurateur Robert Cammarota takes Issue with a warrant article aimed at regulating architectural changes to buildings during mondays town meeting. Moderator Wayne Adams ruling that the proposal was a substantive change but the body Defeated the attempt to overrule Adams. Mcmahon said the cuts to the Frazier pasture Road project and the summer interns position will discontinue the towns Road Survey project and squashes any possibility Beach passes could be sold on saturdays this Spring a practice he and a hired person have maintained in the past. He predicted this morning stickers will be sold at town Hall on a monday wednesday Friday schedule. The town has been surveying roads for several years to determine where private and Public property overlap and remedying encroachments. The article to repave and slightly realign Frazier pasture Road would have repaired a town encroachment on private property but voters rejected the proposal saying the new Road would Cut through a Small Park on the Road. A the town has collected taxes for 75 years on land it did t even own a selectman Vincent r. Ignio said in an unsuccessful attempt to convince voters to approve the article. Selectman Larry e. Stevens also tried to persuade voters on a failed article which if passed would have raised $12,000 in seed Money for a 10th anniversary Parade this fall that could have gone Back into surplus later depending on the committees Success in fundraising. A what it boils Down to a Stevens said a is if you want to celebrate the towns 10th anniversary appropriate enough Money to have a

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