RUMFORD — Voters approved an $11.3 million municipal budget Tuesday and passed all but one article on the warrant.

Town Clerk and Treasurer Beth Bellegarde said voters rejected the article regarding LD 1, a state law that attempts to limit the growth of town budgets by requiring a vote if the property tax levy limit is exceeded. Bellegarde said the town is “well under (the limit) anyway.”

Town Manager Stacy Carter said the 7.45% increase in spending is due in part to rising costs, including for solid waste, wages and fuel.

“I think it’s a good budget,” he said. “It keeps services strong and healthy and what we’re accustomed to. For the future, as far as growth and new tax base, many projects in the pipeline are coming, so I think it will reveal itself when those projects are underway.”

Voters approved a town charter amendment that the town manager no longer has to be a resident of Rumford but must live within a one-hour driving time from the Municipal Building.

Selectman Jon Pepin was reelected for another three years.

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