Lisbon City Council approves municipal budget of $10.4 million

LISBON — City council on Tuesday unanimously passed a city budget of $10.4 million, an 11.9% increase from last year’s $9.2 million.

The increase is largely due to rising costs and the addition of several new city employee positions, according to Acting City Manager/Police Chief Ryan McGee.

The new staff includes a second school resource officer, a full-time firefighter/paramedic, an assistant superintendent position for the parks and recreation department, a full-time driver/operator in public works and an assistant city manager, who was first approved midway through the current spending plan.

The city will also contract with a planning company to help the city with “smart growth,” McGee said.

The growth in municipal government mirrors growth in the community, which was ranked the sixth-hottest city for home sales growth in 2022 by Maine Life Real Estate. The former mill town has seen a 14.5% growth in the number of homes sold from 2020 to 2021.

The city’s largest capital improvement expenditure in the spending plan will be for the Ferry Road Improvement Project. McGee said the city is renovating the road, sidewalks, curbs, streetlights and more to “make this area look refreshed and rejuvenated.”

Residents also approved a $19 million school budget in a 383-253 vote last week. The approved school budget represents a 5% increase over the current spending plan of $18 million, which translates to an increase in the local share of $317,218, or 4.2%.

Lisbon’s total budget, which includes municipal, county and school budgets, is $19 million, a 7% increase over the previous fiscal year.

McGee said the tax rate will be about the same as in fiscal 2021, although it hasn’t been calculated yet.

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