LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- One week after 'Lincoln Paper & Tissue' announced plans to furlough half of its workforce, people in the town are wondering what the ripple effect will be.
About 200 workers at the mill are expected to be laid off in the coming weeks. The mill is shutting down its paper and pulp making operations indefinitely. Company executives said it was mainly due to an explosion that destroyed one of the mill's boilers last month, but the Bangor Daily News is reporting that the loss of a major customer is also a key factor.
For the town, the shutdown will lead to the loss of tax revenues and the possibility that municipal spending might have to be cut by as much as ten percent.
"With our budget being at $4.3 million ya know we got to look at essential services only..so we got to take a strong look at non essential services and what can we live without," said town manager Bill Lawrence, "it could be as simple as each department cutting two percent from their overall budget. So we still don't know what that impact is going to be."
Officials with the company did not offer any new comment on Wednesday regarding the layoffs. Meanwhile there are many unemployment and re-training programs for mill workers coming up.
One meeting will take place at Mattanawcook Academy Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.