Incumbent Bruce MacDonald beat challenger Trevor Morin, 167-166, to retain his seat as Boothbay’s representative on the school’s governing committee, according to results received from City Clerk Andrea Lowery. The only other contested race saw local businessman Russell Pinkham defeat Aaron J. Axelrod, 313-33, to win the manager’s seat. Three hundred and fifty voters cast ballots in the municipal and municipal referendum elections on May 2. In other races, Matt Doucette received 309 votes for administrator of the community school district. Holly Stover received 310 votes for Water District Administrator. Stanley W. Lewis received 321 votes when he was re-elected in the Cemetery District.
The 33 articles were approved by overwhelming majorities in the municipal assembly ballot. The Boothbay Town Assembly’s annual referendum sought voter approval for a town budget of $2,277,113 for FY23, reflecting a 1.65% increase. City Manager Dan Bryer said coming up with a relatively flat budget wasn’t difficult. “Switching to LED lights saved about $26,000, which was a major factor, and we tightened several other accounts,” he said.
Public administration was the only cost center for which a significant increase was proposed. Selectmen recommended $604,524, compared to $568,300. Bryer said the 6.3% increase is due to a change in employee benefits. The department replaced two part-time employees with one full-time job. Public Safety remains about the same at $510,787. The proposed budget for Public Works is $806,404, which represents an increase of $7,429. The following cost centers remain the same: capital improvements, $140,000; general assistance, $8,000; service account, $155,197; and insurance, $52,200.