Livermore approves tax rate, to supply employees family medical health insurance

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LIVERMORE — Selectpersons Tuesday night, Aug. 30, set the tax rate at $16 per $1,000 of property valuation and approved offering additional medical health insurance coverage for workers.

4 scenarios were provided by assessing agent Paul Binette of John E. O’Donnell & Associates in Latest Gloucester on the request of Administrative Assistant Aaron Miller.

“In talking with Paul, your spending is down, revenue sharing is up,” Miller said. “You could have seen a rise in personal property, so it looks promising.” The present tax rate is $16 per $1,000 of assessed value, $50,000 was taken from the undesignated fund balance last 12 months, he noted.

Selectperson Scott Richmond moved to maintain the speed at $16. The overlay – amount available for tax abatements – can be $153,252.78.

Funds not used are returned to the undesignated fund balance.

Last 12 months money was taken from that account so taxes wouldn’t need to increase as much, Richmond said. “We are usually not taking any out this 12 months,” he noted.

Tax rates of $15.95, $15.85 and $15.75 were the opposite scenarios. The overlay for every would have been $141,702.85, $118,602.98 and $95,503.12 respectively.

Selectpersons also approved offering 100% medical health insurance for workers and 65% of medical health insurance costs for his or her spouse and youngsters.

“We’re having a tough time finding experienced people for the highway department,” Chair Mark Chretien said.

Medical health insurance has at all times been covered for workers, he noted.

“Do you’ve any sense annually of what having that profit would cost this town?” Selectperson Brett Deyling asked.

It could be roughly $11,000 per person per 12 months, Chretien replied. The worker would pay the remaining 35% with the quantity dependent upon the plan chosen, he noted.

Livermore provides medical health insurance through Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust. Data shared on the meeting shows coverage for the worker is $1,086.21 monthly. A family plan or a plan for the worker and spouse is $2,559.25 monthly. One for an worker and their children is $1,772.34 monthly.

“A pair of individuals would have applied but without medical health insurance they only couldn’t do it,” Richmond said.

The profit can be for all eligible town employees, he added.

“In the event you don’t offer (family medical health insurance), should you get any person without experience (plowing snow), you’ll put the cash into the truck,” Chretien said. “You pays a technique or one other.”

When asked about contracting plowing out, Richmond spoke of three towns that had done that after which began their very own departments because of the shortage of reliable service from those contracted.

“You might be already established,” Miller said. With contracting out you won’t get cold patching, ditching, cutting woods, he added.

“We’ve got 41 miles of road ourselves, 48 with Crash Road and Route 108,” Chretien noted. “We’ve got got to do something to be competitive.”

Richmond asked if there was enough money within the budget.

Deyling said he was open to using American Rescue Plan Act funds for this 12 months then reworking the budget next 12 months.

Miller will check to see if a special town meeting is required to appropriate ARPA funds.

Selectpersons also agreed to advertise for the highway department position using a variety of $18-$21 per hour based on experience. The brand new medical health insurance option would even be included.

In other business it was noted members of the Brettuns Pond Association are fascinated about helping with beach clean-up and would really like a shed there to maintain supplies in. Central Maine Power is predicted to put in a light-weight and power would allow higher camera coverage of the realm. A replica of Turner’s Beach Ordinance was shared to make use of as a template to develop a beach ordinance for Livermore.

Consultant Audrey Lovering attended the meeting to debate the economic development proposal she had submitted. She said she has had a consulting firm for about 15 years and was hired by Skowhegan to be their first Major Street director.

Lovering and Associates’ economic development plan highlighted the Route 4/Route 108 corridor. Creating a technique for that business corridor is a multiphase, multistep process. It noted the plan should interconnect three baseline elements — sectors, workforce and community & connectivity — to thrive. Assessing the present state of the region, identifying the worth proposition, evaluating and creating latest initiatives, establishing public-private partnerships and rural hubs are needed steps to create the plan, the proposal states.

Time needed to finish the eight steps included within the plan depends upon what the town has for data and background information, but could require 140 hours or more. The corporate charges $85 per hour.

When asked, Lovering said there may be at all times room for a pair small restaurants, more medical and technology facilities.

“It’s a wonderful place to telecommute,” she said. “Loads of industry is trying to move to Maine.”

Livermore might be the primary stop for tourism businesses resembling sports, fishing, biking, she stated.

It was noted knowing what people want their town to be is a vital first step.

Deyling will put together a survey to send out with the tax bills. Replies could be accomplished and returned to the town office for those without computer experience. Survey Monkey may even be available for the tech savvy.

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