WARREN, Maine — Residents spent a little more than two hours Tuesday night to adopt a 2013 municipal budget as recommended by town officials.
The $2.26 million budget represents about a 5 percent increase from the 2012 budget adopted by voters in 2012.
About 80 residents turned out for the meeting held at the Warren Community School. The most discussion centered on a proposal to grant merit pay raises for town employees. That money was approved.
The largest accounts in the budget were public works, $425,023; general government at $419,983; protection, $412,706; capital improvement projects, $365,278; and transfer station, $191,944.
On Monday at the polls, voters elected Arnold Hill to another term as selectman. Hill has served on the board off and on for 24 years, dating back to 1984.
Incumbent Regional School Unit 40 board member Wayne Luce did not seek re-election to the school board but no candidates came forward for the ballot. Luce received four write-in votes and on Wednesday afternoon he accepted and was sworn into the seat for another term on the school board.