Your Voice: Saturday Special Town Meeting is in our town's best interests

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To The Citizens of Lebanon, Maine:

There have been many questions about the Special Open Town Meeting on Saturday, August 10, starting at 10 a.m. and I am going to try to address as many as I can.

First of all this is not a statement that has been approved by the entire Board of Selectmen. Due to the fact the Meeting is only days away I am putting this out to the people on my own accord.

We are holding an open Town meeting for several reasons.

At the June 11th vote
- Referendum 3 that would have increase property taxes to cover the cost of all the proposed spending was turned down.
- Many items were passed, exceeded our budget and taxes would have increased
- Budgets for services that we as a Town are required to provide were turned down

So the current Select Board looked at the entire June 11 ballot for places to cut spending, keep what the voters wanted, provide required services and to keep taxes as low as possible.

An Open Town Meeting unfortunately was a necessity due to timing, In order to be able to get tax bills out by October 1st and keep our Town running.

To hold a regular vote, with secret and absentee ballots would have brought us into November.

We scheduled the meeting for a Saturday in hopes that as many people as possible can attend.

- Corinna Cole
Selectman, Town of Lebanon Maine

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