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Alyce Maragus

School Budget Referendum/Revolving Loan
By Alyce Maragus
Jun 17, 2008 - 8:25:41 AM

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Well people, you did it again. You let the school board hold you hostage claiming your child's education would be harmed when in fact Administration might have have been cut or perhaps even some of the teacher freebies. This tactic has worked well for quite sometime and you're still falling for it.

What with the possibility of the milll shut-down; the cost of fuel oil between $4.50 or $5.00 per gallon; the cost of gas over $4.00 and the increase in the price of food, I hope you can also absorb a minimum 2mil increase in your property taxes, as you're struggling to find money to heat your home this winter, or gas in your car and food on the table.

Did you know that the school board had a proposed budget #5? Did you know that the councilors were supposedly aware of this, yet never asked to review it? Even after Chairman Paul took an illegal straw poll and couldn't get a majority support for either budget #3 or budget #4? If it did indeed exist, was budget #5 higher or lower? Guess we'll never know, sinced they didn't bother to look at it.

Let's now approach another subject. At the Thursday June 12th council meeting, the council approved a $20,000 loan from our revolving fund to G & G Marketing, LLC. Yes! they have a call center, supposedly up and running. The call center is geared toward encouraging people to vacation in either Mexico or Costa Rica.

An article in the BDN written by Nick Sambides states that the Gould familly has put up $80,000 of their own money. They have also put up a property at Smith Pond as collateral; however the town is listed as the "third" mortgagee.

I questioned some of our town officials as to why these people couldn't get a loan from a bank, since $20,000 isn't really that much money; especially since Millinocket shouldnt even be in the loan business. I was informed the Goulds may have other outstanding debts. My, doesn't the plot thicken. This almost sounds like the Lisa Pelkey/Hayes fiasco and we still haven't collected on that one.

Word is also coming to me that either the Goulds or their associates rented space from the Gateway Inn in Medway but may very conveniently be in arrears of paying that bill. Where is this all going to end? Your guess is as good as mine.

Yes! we need some diversified businesses - even if the mill is able to stay open. However, we have already wasted over $250,000 on MAGIC, $250,000 on Brims Ness, $30,000 on the proposed Cultural Center and about $63,000 to other businesses from the revolving loan fund that have not been repaid.

I believe we need to look more closely into these supposed "opportunities" before we waste more money and continue to throw our tax dollars into a deep well with little or no results.

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