MACHIAS, Maine — In less than 25 minutes, Machias voters sped through 51 articles Wednesday night, conducting the 2011 annual town meeting without any discussion or questions.
All articles but three were passed without any opposition. A single person objected to the three articles that dealt with borrowing $400,000 for road paving, $20,000 for a new police cruiser, and $120,000 for a new ambulance.
The meeting was attended by all five selectmen, a half dozen town employees and about 30 other residents. It was moderated by Toff Toffolon.
The $1.8 million budget will not raise taxes, according to Town Manager Chris Loughlin. It reflects a .07 decrease in taxation, which was the goal for both the Board of Selectmen and the budget committee. Total revenues are predicted at $569,870 and $20,000 will be taken from surplus, leaving $1.2 million to be raised through taxation. Loughlin said the current mill rate of $20.60 per $1,000 valuation will remain the same.