SKOWHEGAN – Neighbors in Skowhegan have a tough decision to make if approved they need to figure out how to pay for a 15 percent budget increase.
This is because the first payment of a 2013 bond is due. The combined sewer overflow project bond in the amount of 11.8 million dollars was approved two years ago.
This project will upgrade the town’s sewer infrastructure and will separate storm water and sewer lines as mandated by the Maine department of environmental protection.
Some people who live here say they hope the budget increase doesn’t lead to a tax increase, but some say the project is needed and they would be okay with paying a little more.
“Everyone financially is kind of tight right now so even a little increase is huge so i think the more information they give people about what’s going on the better.” Jessica Wells, Lives in Skowhegan
“I think if our taxes need to be raised they need to be raised we’ve all gotta pay our fair share but if there’s anything we can do to avoid that like make cuts that outta be done.” Michael Turner, Lives in Skowhegan
Town officials say the bond won’t be paid off in its entirety until 2033.