Bangor Organizations Talk Budgets With Council 

A staple organization of downtown Bangor is asking the city for a greater financial contribution. Representatives from the Hammond Street Senior center met with the city council during a budget meeting on Tuesday. Over the last 4 years, the city’s contribution has remained flat at $9,900 per year. A $200,000 donation helped sustain them for a number of years. Now they’re asking the city for nearly $34,000, which translates to about $35 per active member. “41 million goes to the school budget. If you could fund us at the 35 dollars per member at the 33,705 that we are asking for, it still would be below one percent,” said Kathy Bernier, executive director for the Hammond Street Senior Center. The 4th of July Corporation is seeking $5,000 in funding this year. Their director, Tony Bernatchez, says this year’s festivities will be the biggest ever. The group is not asking for more funding in the wake of an embezzlement scandal where, they say, they lost $103,000 over a 14 year period. 62-year old Bruce Fowle, former treasurer of the Bangor-Breakfast Kiwanis Club and Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation, is accused of taking money from both groups. The Bangor Public Library is asking for $1,422,481 from the city, $19,374 more than last year. Officials from the library talked about their initiative to digitize historic government records. The Cultural Commission arrived first and seeks $12,500 in funding. The Convention and Visitors Bureau requested $50,350. Bangor’s municipal budget is tentatively scheduled for approval on June 11th.