PATTEN, Maine — Residents in this northern Penobscot County town will vote Tuesday on whether to support a proposed national monument east of Baxter State Park, officials said Friday.

Town Manager Raymond Foss said that at the urging of resident Steve Crouse, voters at the annual town meeting on April 19 will be asked as part of developing a nonbinding resolution, “Do you favor the designation of a national monument or the creation of a national park and national recreation area in the Katahdin region?”

The town, which has a population of approximately 1,000, is located about five miles east of the proposed recreation area and 10 miles east of the proposed park, according to maps provided by the family of landowner and entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby. The town’s Board of Selectmen has opted to not take a position on the issue publicly, Chairman Richard Schmidt said.

“I know there are many in our community that support the idea but there are also some who continue to resist it,” Schmidt said in an email on Friday. “I believe there are some people who are still unsure of how they feel but remain guardedly optimistic. I also believe some have changed their positions over the past few years due to the dire economic situation facing our region.”

“Schools, libraries and recreation centers are struggling to stay open as families continue to move away for better opportunity. The result will depend on voter turnout as always,” he added.

Crouse has an unlisted telephone number and efforts to contact him through social media were unsuccessful on Thursday and Friday. Park supporter David Farmer and park opponent Bob Meyers had a rare point of agreement on Friday: Neither had any real idea how the vote would go, but both hoped for a win.

“The voices of the folks from Patten are important to the proposal, but this issue is bigger than any single town,” said Farmer, spokesman for leading park proponent Lucas St. Clair. “Just this week in the Legislature they were debating a bill for education funding for school systems hard hit by mill closures.”

That shows how the struggling paper products economy of northern Maine affects the entire state, Farmer said. Similarly, Meyers took heart in the Legislature’s approval of LD 1600, a bill that would, if proven constitutional, block President Barack Obama’s authority to establish a national monument in the Katahdin region. Gov. Paul LePage signed the bill into law on Tuesday.

Even if shown to be unconstitutional, Meyers said the new law illustrates how much most Mainers resent the idea of the park campaign bypassing the democratic process through something St. Clair has been negotiating for months — a presidential executive order creating a national monument on his family’s land as a stepping stone to a national park in the face of strong local and state government opposition.

“Votes are certainly always more important than polls,” said Meyers, executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association. “In the past year or so, we’ve see polls where they [park supporters] say they support a park and then you see a vote where they don’t.”

Bangor, East Millinocket, Medway and Millinocket are the municipalities known to have staked themselves publicly to positions on the proposal made by Quimby, who is St. Clair’s mother. The proposal involves turning Quimby land east of the park near Patten and Sherman into a national park and recreation area.

Bangor’s city council endorses the park concept, while East Millinocket and Medway residents voted to oppose it last year. Millinocket’s town council opposes it and the monument and the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce endorses the park and monument. A survey of 500 respondents across the 2nd Congressional District last year showed that 67 percent favored a proposed park and recreation area, St. Clair has said.

The Patten Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 on March 23 to hold the nonbinding vote. According to meeting minutes, board Chairman Richard Schmidt voted to oppose the referendum “because it would be divisive and take attention away from the focus on the withdrawal from RSU 50; he was concerned that it would be a distraction and that there was a strong chance the president could act on making the land a national monument at any time.”

The vote will occur from noon to 6 p.m. at the Dearborn Street fire station, with the vote being counted at the town meeting there at 7 p.m. Ballots will be secret, Foss said.