New Sharon Council Passes FY 2019 budget

No surprise to anyone residents of New Sharon will see a slight raise in property taxes as city councilors approved the fiscal year 2019 budget. No one spoke at the pubic hearing before the vote.

City clerk Lisa Munn said she had received no written comments on the budget.

It is not uncommon for the public to not appear before the council to speak in support or against the annual budget. The budget levy will raise 27 cents per $1,000 valuation to $11.29542 beginning July 1. Residents paid $11.02 for FY2018.

The Williams property at 309 N. Pine St. will have new owners after councilors agreed to sell the property to Terry and Linda Steel. The Steels had offered the city $6,000 for the property, which contains a burned out home and has been an eyesore for several months. The Steels will receive a quit claim need, but not abstract for the property. No one spoke in regards to the property during the public hearing prior to the vote.

During the pubic comment portion of the meeting, Alan Lake and Jesse Linder appeared before council to inform them of a project they are considering on one of the buildings downtown. The Munn building, located on the northeast corner of the fourway stop, has been discussed as a cornerstone building for the downtown and is in need of some repair.

Read the full story in the March 1 edition.