January 25

Augusta City Council ponders overview of city’s future

Councilors take stock of the city while setting goals for 2014.

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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LOOKING AHEAD: Councilors Cecil Munson, left, speaks during the Augusta City Council goal-setting meeting Saturday in the Augusta Civic Center. Councilor Dale McCormick is at right.

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A YEAR IN FOCUS: City Councilor Cecil Munson speaks during the Augusta City Council goal-setting meeting Saturday in the Augusta Civic Center.

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The other option is to forgo a TIF for the gas lines and apply the additional revenue to the general fund. Without a TIF, however, the state, which uses valuation when calculating revenue sharing, would withhold more money from Augusta. The result, St. Pierre said, is that the city would keep only about half of the additional money generated by the gas line.

“I didn’t say any of these were great solutions,” St. Pierre said. “They’re not.”

Katz, who attended the meeting with representatives Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro, Matthew Pouliot, R-Augusta, and Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, offered little hope that the state would offer relief. He said the total state deficit, which includes shortfalls at the Department of Health and Human Services, could total $180 million. He said none of legislators supported cuts in revenue sharing, but it may ultimately wind up on the chopping block. He expects lawmakers to consider tax increases and eliminating business incentives.

“None of these are good alternatives,” Katz said. “There are difficult choices facing us.”

Councilor Dale McCormick suggested the legislators change state law to allow communities to impose local-option taxes. Pouliot said the option was less popular in rural areas, where there are fewer opportunities to generate significant revenue from local taxes.

“The covenant has been broken,” McCormick said. “What are you going to do about it?”

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LAYING GROUNDWORK: City Councilor Dave Rollins speaks during the Augusta City Council goal-setting meeting Saturday in the Augusta Civic Center.

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WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS: Cecil Munson, second from right, speaks as fellow City Councilors Mark O’Brien, far left, Darek Grant, and Dale McCormick, far right, listen during a goal-setting meeting on Saturday in the Augusta Civic Center.

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SETTING PRIORITIES: City Councilor Dale McCormick speaks during the Augusta City Council goal-setting meeting on Saturday in the Augusta Civic Center.

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