The $3,782,600 town budget approved by Vassalboro voters will mean an overall increase of about $37,000 in town spending, Town Manager Mary Sabins said Tuesday.
Only one of the 67 articles on the warrant was defeated — a proposal to use $50,000 in surplus money to build sidewalks in East Vassalboro Village. That proposal failed by a vote of 52 for and 63 against.
The budget increase means property owners will pay about $4 more in taxes on every $100,000 of assessed value, according to an estimate from Sabins. The tax rate set last year was $11.20 per $1,000 of valuation.
The budget and the tax rate are finalized in early August, Sabins said. The town assessor is finishing up the process of assessing new and improved property in town. The higher the total assessment, the lower the town tax rate.
The town meeting also approved funding for a medical emergency first responders volunteer group, with the majority of the $15,000 going toward medical kits for the volunteers.
Voters also approved establishing an ordinance limiting exploding targets for high-speed projectile target practice. The ordinance limits the explosive mixture, a combination of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder, to one pound, and the targets cannot be detonated within 500 yards of an adjacent property without the property owner’s permission.