NEW SHARON — Voters approved a town budget that is up about $10,000 from last year and elected a new selectman at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday.

Town residents will raise $771,669 to pay for municipal spending in the coming year, which is up from $761,773 last year, according to Rose Mary Eller, town clerk and tax collector.

In a three-way race for selectman, Forrest Bonney was elected to fill a one-year term on the board. Of the 161 ballots cast Saturday at the meeting, Bonney received 77 votes to beat out Leona Carpentier, with 55 votes, and Terry McManus, 25 votes.

Bonney will fill the remaining year on the term vacated by Larry Donald, who resigned. Incumbent Selectman Maynard Webster was also re-elected Saturday in an unchallenged race for a three-year term, Eller said.

The new digital tax maps purchase drew the most debate at the meeting, with residents asking questions about the project, Webster said Monday.

After a lengthy explanation by selectmen, voters approved raising $10,000 to update and improve the town’s existing tax maps, which are two decades old, he said. A town warrant report by the selectmen noted that the old maps fell short of the state accuracy standards.

In other action Saturday, Donald Lowe was elected to be road commissioner. With 73 votes, he beat out Kevin Brann, 51 votes, and Dennis McCourt, 19 votes.

Deputy Treasurer Bonnie Tompkins was also elected town treasurer, replacing Scott Pratt who resigned from the position last year.

About 170 people attended the meeting and town supper Saturday, with the proceedings lasting about five hours, Eller said.

There are 1,113 registered voters in town and about 75 people attended the meeting last year. The current tax rate is $12.90 for every $1,000 in property valuation.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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