November 8th Elections
Mark your calendars to vote on Tuesday, November 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Cedar Street. The local ballot will elect representatives to the Town Council, School Board of Directors, Dexter Utility District Trustees, and the HAD #4 representatives Every race is uncontested with the following candidates running:
Two (2) Councilors for three year term: Roger S. Brawn and Richard J. Goodwin.
Absentee ballots are available at the Town Office.
Want to Serve on a Town Board or Committee?
Municipal Boards and Committees perform a vital role in the conduct of Town government in Maine. We rely heavily on these groups to develop plans and programs for the community. We currently have positions available on a number of boards and committees. Applications to request an appointment to a board or committee can be obtained at the Town Office.
Winter Road Rules
With winter rapidly approaching this is a good time to touch on the subject of snow removal and winter driving. Our goal for winter road maintenance is to provide the safest road conditions possible under prevailing conditions, and we attempt to have the roads and streets cleared to accommodate peak traffic periods. During the winter months, and especially during snowstorms, there is a parking ban on Town streets and roads between the hours of 1 AM and 6 AM. Persons who violate the ban will be subject to a fine as well as having their vehicle towed.
Residents are also reminded that when plowing or shoveling drives or walkways it's illegal to deposit snow and slush on any public way. This includes roads, intersections, parking lots, and side-walks. The accidental destruction of mailboxes often becomes a very sensitive subject as the winter season progresses. Mail-boxes installed in the right-of-way are placed there at the owner's risk, and the Town is not obliged to repair damaged posts or boxes. However, if your post is knocked down by a plow you should report the incident to the Town Office. We have temporary posts that can be used to get you through the winter and insure your mail service is uninterrupted. You can help reduce the possibility of having a mailbox damaged by clearing away snow banks around the box and post so it's fully visible to our plow truck drivers.
2005 Annual Town Report
We're in the final phase of assembling the 2005 Town Report. We expect them to be printed and ready for distribution 11/28/05
Hunting as well as the discharge of firearms on Town property is prohibited by ordinance. This includes the airport as well as other Town recreation areas. Violators are subject to fine and prosecution.
Three (3) SAD #46 Directors for three year term: Michael W. Bennett, Steven D. Foster and Sherree L. Mitchell.
One (1) SAD #46 Director for one year term: Richard A. McInnis,
Two (2) Dexter Utility District Trustees for three year term: Gregory P. Brawn and Wayne P. Clukey.
Two (2) HAD #4 Hospital Board of Trustees for three year term: Kathleen M. Goerlitz and Patricia A. Tobin
Dexter Regional Development Corporation
The Dexter Regional Development Corporation was created with the primary objectives of
promoting and assisting in furthering economic development in the area as well as providing
oversight for a variety of unique and diversified economic and community development projects.
The Corporation membership meets monthly and all meetings are open to the general public.
Persons interested in being a part of this effort should contact Judy Craig (924-3067) or David
Reminder From The Tax Collector
The Municipal property tax rate for the period July 2005 - June 2006 has been set at 23.7 mils. Out of each tax dollar earmarked in the FY 2006 budget, we will spend about 49 cents to operate the Town, 45 cents to the school district and 6 center to the county. A number of factors have driven our need for this 2 mil increase; however, the most pronounced impact was generated by the combination of increased operating costs and reduced revenues. Not the least of which was the impact of the State Legislature increasing the homestead exemption to $13,000 which benefits the taxpayer on one hand; but, negatively impacts the taxpayers as the reimbursement to the Town was based on $6,500 (one half of the exemption). Last year the exemption was $7,000 and the reimbursement was $7,000. The result was that the town as a whole must make up the shortage in revenue; for Dexter this amounted to approximately $135,000. An additional factor was the serious cuts made for FY 2005 budget in order to retain the mil rate for 2004-05. Property owners are reminded that their 2005-2006 property taxes were due October 28, 2005. Interest will be applied at a rate of 7.5% until paid. Unpaid taxes as of June 20, 2006 will be reported in the Annual Town Report. Also, residents should be aware that they may qualify for
the State sponsored property tax relief program for homeowners or renters. Qualification for the program is based on income. If you do not have a spouse, the 2004 income limit is $74,500. If you are married or have dependents your 2004 income limit is $99,500. The deadline for filing for the refund is May 31, 2006. Forms are available at the town office or by logging on to www.maine.gov/revenue.
Municipal Services Directory
Town Office ~ 924-7351|
Town Manager: Judith A. Doore
Assessor: Dave Pearson
Tax Collector: Marilyn Curtis
Town Clerk: Shelley Watson
Human Services: Linda Clukey
Code Enforcement: Bill Murphy
Manager: Duke Leighton
Recreation ~ 924-3438
Director: Andy Conway
Facilities Maintenance ~ 924-3438
Manager: David Leighton
Police Department Non-Emergency ~ 924-7622
Police Chief: Arthur Roy
Fire Department Non-Emergency ~ 924-7301
Fire Chief: Melvin Wyman
Ambulance Non-Emergency ~ 924-6212
Abbott Memorial Library ~ 924-7292
Librarian: Elizabeth Breault
Public Works Department ~ 924-6257
Director: Mike Delaware
Water District ~ 924-7367
Director: Randy Webber
Superintendent of Schools ~ 924-5262
Superintendent: Kevin Jordan
Transfer Station ~ 924-3650
Manager: Trampas King
Municipal Golf Course ~ 924-6477
Manager: Jim Costedio
Animal Control Officer ~ 924-7513
ACO: Kathy Ricker