Residents elected Select Board and School Committee members and passed a municipal budget of $4,022,118.50 in a referendum election Aug. 25. The amount to be raised from taxes is $3,073,516.50, an increase of just $833, or 0.02%, from last year.

The new fiscal year began July 1. The town did its annual business at the ballot box rather than holding an in-person town meeting because of concerns about COVID-19.

Town Administrator Janet Anderson said via email that if the town had rejected the budget, a new town meeting would have been required to pass a revised budget.

Shea Conover and Arch Gillies, both incumbents, were returned to the Select Board unopposed. For School Committee, David Dyer and Skylar Purdy captured the two available seats, with Kenneth Smith coming in third. The terms of incumbents Chloe Joule and John Gorham had expired and they chose not to run for reelection to the School Committee.

Although the total budget amount for the coming fiscal year is up $321,088, or 8.7%, from last year, Town Administrator Anderson told The Republican Journal in June, the Select Board decided to take $545,000 from the undesignated fund balance — monies allocated but not spent — to prevent taxes from rising significantly. That is more than twice the $240,000 taken from undesignated funds last year.

In addition, the new budget for Islesboro Central School is $2,454,849, up $21,695, or 0.9% from last year's $2,433,154, and the town's share of the Waldo County budget is $802,446, as compared to last year's $725,305, an increase of $77,141, or 10.6%. Thus, the total appropriation for the year is $6,330,811, up from last year's $6,231,142 by $99,669, or $1.6%.

For more information on this year's town budget, click here.