CUSHING, Maine — Residents dispatched their town meeting warrant in quick fashion Tuesday night, supporting a budget that is down about 8 percent.
Sixty people turned out to the meeting and approved all articles in 40 minutes.
The 2012 municipal budget was approved at $589,057, down 8 percent from the $640,252 budget in 2011. Despite the decrease, the amount of property taxes to be raised for municipal operations will rise 5 percent.
The reason for that is $125,000 of last year’s budget came from funds that had been set aside to make a one-time payment for the town’s share of repairs to Salt Pond Bridge.
Otherwise, this year’s budget is actually higher than last.
The largest account in the approved 2012 budget is $95,000 to pay toward operations of the Waldoboro transfer station. The amount is the same as in 2011.
The administration account was approved at $76,000, an increase of $4,000.
The snow removal budget was approved at $50,000, up $15,000 from last year.
A day earlier, residents approved two referendums that allow for the off-premises sale of malt liquor and wine. Residents voted 313-55 to allow off-premise sales of liquor on Sundays and 327-39 for off-premise sales on the other days of the week. When asked how long the town had been dry, Irene Vinal, the local tax collector, said she didn’t recall the town ever allowing the sale of liquor.
In the only contested municipal race, incumbent Daniel Staples defeated challenger Randolph Robbins 267-88.
Robert Worthing was re-elected without opposition to another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. Loren Andrews was re-elected without opposition to the Regional School Unit 13 Board.