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Lisbon proposes further reduced tax rate

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LISBON - The Lisbon Town Council tweaked its 2014 budget proposal at Wednesday’s meeting in order to lower its tax rate.

The council also decided against giving the position of Lisbon Beach and Campground Director a raise, instead opting to advertise the position at the current salary of $13,000 a year.

While the final budget will not be ready until November, the preliminary budget includes a tax rate of $5.5 per $1,000 including the fire district and library.

That is a decrease from last year’s combined tax rate of $6.3.

Councilor Gary J. Jarvis said the preliminary budget will have to be adjusted once the fire district submits its 2014 budget at the end of the month; the current town budget is using last year’s numbers from the fire district.

The Town Council does not have any jurisdiction over the budgets of either the fire district or the Lisbon Hepburn Library which will have a 10-percent increase in its budget this year.

In total, the preliminary budget for the town in 2014 totals less than the $2.7 million figure released in the tentative budget on Saturday.

Discussions about the salary of Lisbon Beach and Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil, who requested a 52-percent raise this year, ended with the Town Council opting to advertise the position at the current rate.

Councilor Susan M. Duffy said she wants to see more organization at the beach and campground.

“We need to organize it,” she said, referring predominantly to the campground’s financial records. “We need someone who will work with us.”

This year the Lisbon Beach is reporting $28,000 in profits after spending $118,726 and making $147,096.

The Town Council also tabled discussion regarding a two-percent raise for the youth program coordinator, sewer superintendent and water purification supervisor.

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