NORTHPORT — The Northport Select Board set the millage rate for the town July 25 at 15.9 mills for fiscal year 2023, a 0.4 mill increase over the FY 2022 figure. The board also voted to approve providing $187,173.58 to Great Works Internet to provide fiber-optic service to a large portion of the town.

The 15.9 mill rate will result in a $51,695.97 overlay for the town with $4,850,645.63 expected to be collected for taxes.

According to Town Administrator James Kossuth, the town won a grant from the state of Maine last year to provide fiber-optic cable to approximately half the town using American Rescue Plan funds. This spring the town won another grant to do the rest of the town. The $187,173.58 figure represents the first half of the project and the town has contracted with GWI to provide the service.

Kossuth said town residents are very excited about the opportunity to have high-speed internet services available in the town.

As part of GWI’s buildout, the Select Board also approved the installation of an electronics housing shed to be located at 1429 Atlantic Highway.

GWI representative Thomas Gilmore said the shed would house equipment for the continued operation of the fiber-optic network in town. He said GWI staff would only be in the facility a few times a month for an hour or so to check on the equipment. Gilmore said the building would be temperature controlled to protect the equipment inside the facility.

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