MINOT — Voters on Friday soundly rejected a proposal to renovate and expand the town’s Central Fire Station.

The vote was 158 to 28.

It was the third year in a row the project went down in defeat.

The proposed 44- by 64-foot addition carried a $536,000 price tag which would have cost taxpayers an estimated $66,000 annually for the next 10 years at current borrowing rates.

Selectmen this year decided to put the issue before voters at the polls during scheduled elections for municipal and school officials.

Voters on Friday also re-elected Eda Tripp for another term on the Board of Selectmen, with 175 votes; and re-elected Julie Rioux and Scott Tiner to the RSU 16 School Committee, with 144 and 141 votes, respectively.

The town meeting will reconvene at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Minot Consolidated School gymnasium to act on the annual budget.

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