Voters passed a $2 million 2018-19 municipal budget, and all remaining articles, at a lightly attended town meeting June 14.

Voters authorized $1.35 million from revenues and the unassigned fund balance to reduce the property tax assessment for the municipal portion of the budget. After revenues are deducted, the amount to be raised in taxes in 2018-19 is down from the previous tax year, according to Town Administrator David Kinney.

Kinney explained in March that the town had more money in its unassigned fund or surplus account than it needs to cover three months of town bills. The finance committee advised using the overage to pay for some town expenses in 2018-19.

Voters approved the following amounts in the town budget without discussion:

$411,632 for municipal administration and finance (Article 7) $30,095, for the town office building (Article 9), $10,000 for contingency (Article 10), $83,679 for code enforcement and assessing (Article 11), $969,600 for public works (Article 12), $10,713 for boards and committees, (Article 13), $25,380 for support services (Article 14), $155,400 for the capital improvement program (Article 16) and $70,286 for debt service (Article 17).

After Kinney explained the 35 percent increase in the $246,697 for municipal protection budget (Article 8), voters approved the amount. He said the majority of the increase is due to the cost of Lincolnville's share of a new contract for emergency ambulance services.

Voters approved a new item in the municipal budget, a request for $3,000 for the Lincolnville Community Library (Article 15). Kathleen Oliver, a member of the library's board of directors, explained that for years, Sheila Polson has volunteered as Library Director, and had decided she would like to volunteer in a different capacity. Polson was working 30 hours a week, and the library board decided they could not afford to pay any one for 30 hours. They assessed the work Polson did, and divided it up into specific areas. Based on the assessment, they determined that a 10 hour a week library director position was needed, at an annual cost of $7,000. They looked at fundraising capabilities, and found they would be $3,000 short, and decided to ask town government for support.

Ric McKittrick commented that someday he would like to see a fully funded public library in Lincolnville, and called the $3,000 a bargain.

The amount of $7,890 was approved for provider agencies (Article 18). Rosey Gerry proposed to approve the selectmen recommended amount of $6,890, which included no funding for the American Red Cross. A motion was made to follow the budget committee recommendation of $7,890, which includes $750 for the American Red Cross.

Voters agreed to deposit any remaining funds receieved from the Municipal Review Committee, a coaltion of towns joined together for the purpose of managing solid waste disposal, into a newly established landfill closure fund set up by Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corporation. The towns of Lincolnville, Camden, Rockport and Hope belong to MCSWC, and are no longer part of the MRC coalition. Departure from the MRC included an equity payout to each of the four towns.

Selectman David Barrows proposed that housekeeping articles 22 through 27 be passed with a single vote, and this was approved.

A number of candidates running for election in November spoke at the beginning of the meeting, including Jayne Crosby Giles and Erin Herbig, who are running for State Senate, Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton, who is running for election, and a representative for Stanley Page Zeigler, who is running for reelection in the State House.

Waldo County Commissioner Betty Johnson announced she is running for reelection, and Rosey Gerry announced he is also running for the position.

About 35 registered voters attended the meeting, according to Karen Secotte, Deputy Town Clerk and Registrar of Voters.