ANDOVER – About 80 voters approved a $632,000 municipal budget during Saturday’s town meeting.

The figure, at about 4 percent less than the $660,000 municipal budget approved for 2008, will not lead to a lower tax rate, however, Selectman Trudy Akers said.

Unlike last year, she said the town has little surplus to put toward taxes. Also, she said school and Oxford County taxes are expected to rise. The tax rate now is $10.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

She said none of the half-dozen full- or part-time municipal employees were granted raises. Also, she said employees will be paying a higher share of their health insurance premiums.

The Fire Department received $31,000, compared to $38,000 last year.

Voters did approve spending up to $20,000 to replace the furnace at the town hall. Akers said the town has put in a considerable amount of money over the years for repair of the old furnace. Bids for the new furnace will soon go out, with replacement expected during the summer.

Voters turned down a request to borrow up to $200,000 for the repair of several town roads, including a portion of Upton Road.

The tax rate will likely be set in late July, with the tax bills mailed soon after.

Voters will elect officials during balloting 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the town hall.


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