Kittery Town Council approves $27.7M budget By Jesse Scardina
KITTERY, Maine – The Town Council approved the 2016 budget of roughly $27.7 million Monday night, representing a slight tax increase for the upcoming year.
The budget was approved 7-0 by council, with Councilor Frank Dennett acknowledging the voters’ decision to spend, as represented at the town vote earlier this month were three infrastructure bonds were approved, as was an increased school budget.
“I’ve generally tried to pare the budget down,” said Dennett, a staple on the Kittery council and notorious stickler for cost savings. “There’s no visible support for conservative spending in this community, we seem to have plenty of money. Some people don’t like it, but I find no backing, so I’m going to join them seeing as I can’t beat them – with the caveat that it is not the duty of the council to protect the taxpayers against the actions of the voters.”