PHILLIPS — Voters at town meeting on Saturday approved all articles, including those pertaining to the town buying a new truck and financing it over 10 years, Town Manager Jim Collins said Tuesday.
Townspeople authorized selectmen to enter into a lease-purchase agreement not to exceed $135,000 for the truck equipped with a body, plow, wing and sander. Voters raised and appropriated $16,850 for the first payment.
The approved municipal budget for 2009-10 is $967,251 for town government operations, plus $641,801 for education, bringing the total to $1.6 million. Combined, it is $16,352 more than the 2008-09 fiscal year budget.
The new spending plan includes $7,340 for community services, Collins said. It breaks down as: Phillips Area Community Center, $1,000; Phillips Historical Society, $1,000; Memorial Day, $300; Old Home Days, $1,500; Christmas Party, $250. Also, Phillips Area Food Pantry, $2,700; American Legion, $500; Mid Maine Homeless Shelter, $90.
In municipal elections, John Stinchfield was elected selectman, Evelyn Wilbur was re-elected town clerk and Mary Jane Thorndike was re-elected to the SAD 58 Board of Directors, Collins said.

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