Friendship residents OK budget at postponed town meeting

Posted March 22, 2013, at 9:46 p.m.

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Sixty residents spent nearly two hours Thursday night to approve the 2013 municipal budget at the annual town meeting.

Each warrant article was approved. The town meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night but was opened that evening and then postponed until Thursday because of a snowstorm.

The overall budget was approved at $743,000, up slightly from the budget approved by voters in 2012.

The largest accounts are $181,000 for highways; $145,000 for general government; $135,000 for protection; $97,000 for health, sanitation and social services; $82,000 for buildings and $45,000 for debt repayment.

The town meeting follows Monday’s referendum votes in which residents approved borrowing up to $100,000 for a fire truck and $6,500 for fireworks as well as electing town officials.

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