Pownal voters to see tax levy decline | Local News

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POWNAL – Voters in Pownal can expect to see something rare when the annual municipal election ballot rolls around in March – a decrease in the total amount to be raised by local taxes.

“I am incredibly proud to present this budget as it currently appears to taxpayers,” Board Chairman Mike Gardner said during a budget working session earlier this month. “And I’m proud of all the people who worked there.”

The two budget vote items on the annual municipal ballot – for highway spending and the general fund – reflect the cut in the tax levy.

General fund appropriations are requested at $1,215,500, of which $665,586 would come from local taxes and $208,514 would come from unrestricted surplus funds.

For the road budget, the appropriations requested by the Select Board are $1,462,090, of which $876,967 is to come from taxes and $163,573 would come from unrestricted surplus funds.

Budget totals also include non-property tax revenue, state or federal funding, and grants.

Additionally, another 24 annual warning ballot applications would total $291,740 if all are separately approved by voters. The total of these ballot requests decreased by $33,000 from the current budget year.

While some budget lines were higher and others lower in the proposal, a key deletion was the removal of an annual allocation for the New City Hall project, which is no longer needed and meant a reduction of 50 $000 over current budget. The project is nearing completion with American Rescue Plan Act pandemic relief funding the city will receive.


Board-approved budgets show a road budget that requires an increase in the amount to be raised by taxes of $25,576, while the general fund budget projects a decrease of $67,495 from the amounts raised for the fiscal year in Classes.

The total reflects a lower total tax levy of approximately 3%.

The annual town hall meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 6 at Pownal Primary School.

On Election Day, voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 7 at the Pownal Center Fire Station.

Jim Therrien can be reached at therrienjim76@gmail.com or by phone at 413-281-2646.

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