TURNER — Voters at town meeting Saturday will vote on a budget that is 4 percent higher than the current spending plan but would be offset by increased revenues, Town Manager Kurt Schaub said.

The budget as recommended by the Budget Committee is $2.77 million; selectmen recommend spending $2.74 million in fiscal year 2018-19. The current budget is $2.64 million. 

“The increase is mainly because of an increase in capital reserves,” Schaub said. 

He said if townspeople approve the Budget Committee’s recommendation, property taxes would increase by 0.74 percent. On a $100,000 property, that’s an estimated increase of $12 per year. 

Growth in valuation and non-property tax revenues have helped to offset the increase, Schaub said. 

The meeting will begin with ballot voting for town officers from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Municipal Building and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Leavitt Area High School cafeteria for warrant article voting. 

Turner election candidates

For Board of Selectmen, three candidates, two open positions:

• Kurt Youland, incumbent and current board chairman.

• Kevin Nichols, incumbent.

• John Maloney. 

For Budget Committee, one candidate, three open positions: 

• Rachel Pack, incumbent 

SAD 52 board of directors, three candidates, two openings:

• Peter Ricker, incumbent

• Jo Ann Nickerson, incumbent

• Jessaka Nichols

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