HANOVER — More than 20 residents unanimously approved the proposed $199,202 municipal budget at the annual town meeting Tuesday evening.

They spent a little under an hour voting on the 37 articles.

When the RSU 10 school assessment is added to the municipal budget, town spending for 2013-14 is at $455,576, an increase from $427,478 for the previous fiscal year.

Selectman Richard Stratton said many of the proposed decreases in budgets were due to the town having money carried forward in many line items. Utilities dropped from $2,000 to $1,200; building maintenance from $8,000 to $6,500; and firefighting from $4,000 to $3,000.

The Board of Selectmen also presented resident Keith Crockett-Harrington with a plaque recognizing him for building a 16- by 24-foot covered picnic shelter between the Town Office and the Gardner Roberts Memorial Library.

The shelter was part of Crockett-Harrington’s Eagle Scout Project.

“You are quite a young man, and it’s an honor to be able to present this to you,” Selectman Frank Morrison said as he handed him the plaque. Crockett-Harrington received applause from residents.

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