LITCHFIELD – After a five-hour town meeting, Litchfield voters Saturday passed a land use ordinance that had twice hit snags and a municipal budget $45,000 higher than the one for the current year.

Voters also approved a $425,000 bond package that included money for a Public Works 1-ton pickup and loader, said Town Manager Steve Musica.

Voters passed a land use ordinance by a 2-to-1 margin. It defines four sections of town – shoreland, rural, planned development and village – and sets development standards.

There were “a lot of relieved people that worked a long time on it,” Musica said.

The current municipal budget is $926,000. The one passed Saturday is nearly $970,000, Musica said. It’s not yet known what the impact on the tax rate will be.

The current mill rate is $19.70

Voters also approved the budget recommended by the School Committee for K-8, totaling about $4.8 million.

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