WEST PARIS — Voters approved a $1.13 million municipal budget and re-elected two long-standing town officials at the annual town meeting Saturday.

Fewer than 50 residents assembled in the gymnasium of the Agnes Gray School on Main Street in West Paris to vote on the 39-article town meeting warrant.

The meeting started at 10 a.m. and business was completed by 11:30 a.m., including time for a snack break, with refreshments provided by the West Paris Explorers After School Program.

Two longtime town officials were easily re-elected to new three-year terms. With three votes, Dennis Henderson was re-elected to the town’s Board of Selectmen, on which he has served since 2006.

Shane Poland, a longtime member of the town’s Water District board of directors, was re-elected to another term, also by three votes. Both candidates were nominated from the floor and were unopposed.

Voters gave near-unanimous approval to all of the budget articles recommended by selectmen and the town’s Budget Committee. The requested budget for 2014 is $11,403 larger than last year’s. Taxpayers are facing a $1 increase in the tax rate, to about $7.50 per $1,000 worth of property. 

Last week, Town Manager John White said the tax increase is largely due to a drop in the amount the town receives in municipal revenue-sharing from the state and the fact that it is using only $50,000 from the town’s cash reserves to offset property taxes, less than half the amount it used last year.


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