FRYEBURG — Town meeting voters Saturday cut funds for reserve accounts, including roads, buildings and grounds improvements, and vehicle purchases.

A total of 109 registered voters disposed of the 68-article warrant in what was the second budget selectmen and the Budget Committee developed this year. Last year voters agreed to change the fiscal year to July 1-June 30, necessitating a new budget to bring the town through June 30 of this year.

The $2.9 million budget is a 3.8 higher than this year. The board said the increase is due to fuel, road materials and the second year of salary adjustments for town employees.

Voters approved an ordinance to expand the water protection areas and to allow the Planning Board to annually review the use of Ward’s Brook aquifer and other town water sources. Voters rejected the article at the March town meeting.

Voters went along with the Budget Committee’s recommendation to reduce the Building and Grounds Capital Reserve Account from $50,000 as approved by selectmen to $38,000 as recommended by the Budget Committee. The money will be used to make improvements to town buildings and facilities.

Voters agreed with the Budget Committee’s recommendation of $40,133 to appropriate for the Vehicle Capital Reserve Account rather than the $50,000 selectmen recommended be appropriated for the future purchase of town vehicles.

Also approved was a recommendation by the Budget Committee to reduce a requested $375,000 by selectmen for the Road Capital Reserve Account down to $262,882 for road improvements.


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