EUSTIS — Voters will consider a 5.7 percent spending increase at the annual town meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Stratton-Eustis Community Building.

Elections for municipal officials will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the same location.

The proposed $1.15 million budget is 5.7 percent more than last year. The majority of the increase is attributed to a new public works line item of $52,000. The town hires contractors for road maintenance, but selectmen are exploring the possibility of developing a public works department.

In addition to budgetary items, voters will consider amending the Planning Board Ordinance to reduce the number of members from seven to five.

Voters will also determine whether to eliminate a total of 22 streetlights on Route 27, Spaulding Drive, Old Dead River Road and Blanchard Avenue Extension.

Offices to be filled are two selectmen and two school board directors, all for three years. Durell “Andy” Brann, Jeffrey Lecander, Brandy Ryan and Selectman Jedediah Whiting are running to fill the seats. School board directors Jeffrey Brickley and Casey Cote are running unopposed.

Planning Board members to be elected are three for three years and one for two years. Lynn Schnorr is seeking re-election for a three-year term. The remaining vacancies will be determined with write-in votes.

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