Unity residents approved a $1.2 million budget, up about $164,000 from last year, on Saturday at Town Meeting.
The increase might lead to about a 10 percent increase in the property tax rate, depending on what happens with the county and school budget, Selectwoman Penny Picard Sampson said.
The 2013 property tax rate was $13.50 per $1,000 of valuation or $1,350 for an $100,000 property.
Selectman Clem Blakney said that the increase is, in part, a result of increases in the road budget. In the future, he said, the town might need to switch from paving certain roads to maintaining them with gravel because of the high cost of paving.
“It’s like getting on a habit and we no longer can support paving, but we’re addicted,” he said. “We are doing what we can to keep prices like this from increasing next year.”
Sampson was elected to the Board of Selectmen this year unopposed after longtime board member Ron Rudolph decided not to run again.