NEW SHARON — Voters will be asked to raise about $10,000 more than they did last year at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday.

Selectmen have proposed a $771,669 budget for the coming year. Last year the budget was $761,773

The purchase of new digital tax maps is among several requests that account for the budget increase, Selectman Maynard Webster said.

Selectmen are asking for $10,000 to update and improve the town’s tax maps, which are two decades old, he said. A town warrant report by the selectmen notes that the old maps fall short of state accuracy standards.

The new maps would be digitized from aerial surveys and photos, which are tied to a statewide push to get communities to pool resources to reduce the cost of aerial photography used by municipalities for tax maps, the report states.

In other articles, voters will be asked to approve $8,000 for new protective clothing for the fire department. They will also consider a $1,500 raise for the treasurer, increasing the salary to $8,600.

Webster said other articles basically maintain last year’s municipal spending, when the town was still paying off a sand and salt storage building loan.

The new tax maps’ cost is offset because the town is no longer paying off the loan, which has since received the state government reimbursement for a portion of the project cost, he said.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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