At a recent Fort Fairfield Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Dan Foster, Fort Fairfield Town Manager, presented a town budget process overview. Dan described the overall budget process addressing factors that typically impact the budget’s bottom line.

With many outside issues, including State revenue sharing, impacting the town’s revenue level, Dan explained that the Town Manager’s Office, the Town Council, and the town’s Economic Development Office are working together to not only hold down costs but to increase the town’s revenue base.

The new fertilizer warehousing facility currently under construction on Route 1A by Cavendish Farms as well as land sales along the town-owned rail line at McShea Siding have helped the town hold the budget line within expectations. With both aforementioned projects utilizing the approximately eight mile long rail line extension that runs from the Easton/Fort Fairfield town line to the rail depot and town’s industrial district, Dan stated that the town is working to encourage additional development along the line.

Dan sees town infrastructure projects, State revenue sharing trends, the Atlantic Custom Processor facility loss, and pending development as factors that will have significant impact on future budgets. To ensure that future budgets address community needs/concerns the town has launched a web-based suggestion box on its website at Dan and the Town Council are looking forward to receiving community input via the new online suggestion box.