STRONG — Voters will be asked to raise about $32,000 less than they did last year at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday.

Selectmen have proposed a $529,157 budget for the coming year, which is a 5.7 percent decrease from last year’s budget of $561,450.

A series of small budget cuts, including a plan to turn out certain street lights in town, account for the budget decrease, said Selectman Milton Baston.

Selectmen are proposing to halve the street light budget to $3,800, which would probably darken some of the street lights on Main Street, he said.

Most of the other budget reductions stem from one-time increases last year. For example, summer road and bridge maintenance spending dropped to $53,000, because the town spent $6,000 more last year on scheduled repair projects, Baston said.

The proposed budget is not eliminating any municipal services other than the street lights, Baston said.

Voters will also consider passing certain changes to the town’s site review ordinance, which Baston said has been updated to addresses issues tied to industrial development and other significant commercial projects.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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