BYRON – The nearly 70 voters at Monday’s annual town meeting elected several new people to offices in close races.

Incumbent Town Clerk Alison Freeman lost to newcomer Sue Roderick, 34-32. Longtime treasurer and tax collector Melissa Ramey lost to former Town Clerk Rosie Susbury, 34-30. Each office is for a one-year term.

Susbury was the part-time administrative assistant last year.

For selectman, Linda Gallant narrowly defeated Geraldine Richards for a three-year term. Gallant replaced her husband, Michael, who did not seek re-election.

Selectmen Anne Simmons-Edmunds and Cory Freeman fill out the three-member board.

Simmons-Edmunds said voters approved a budget of $120,554. It includes $2,154 for social services and $5,000 for legal bills for the town to challenge two lawsuits involving a campground expansion and a winter road maintenance issue.

The budget also includes $1,000 more for the Fire Department, bringing the line for the volunteer agency to $8,500.

Voters agreed to limit the salaries of the treasurer to $3,000, the tax collector to $2,800, and the town clerk to $4,000. People holding the positions previously were paid hourly. Voters also eliminated a part-time administrative assistant.

School and Oxford County taxes are not included in the total.


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