ROME — Residents will decide at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday whether to start saving for a new roof for the community center.

And in elections Friday they will decide whether to elect incumbent Lesley Real or Debbie Smith to the position of second selectman.

The town meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rome Community Center. Elections will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday at the center.

The town doesn’t add the warrant articles into a budget total, but First Selectman Kelly Archer said the total projected 2012 budget is relatively the same as last year’s. Last year’s tax rate was $8.50 per $1,000 valuation.

One change includes a proposal to put $10,000 into a reserve account to install a new community center roof in the coming years.

Town officials are also offering to pay $250 to someone to serve on the Oakland-based Regional School Unit 18 board.

“We thought maybe it might help with the cost of gas because there are a lot of meetings,” Archer said.

The third selectman is temporarily filling the position until someone else can take the spot.

Residents will be asked to accept housekeeping changes to several ordinances.

They will also be asked to spend $24,809 to maintain and operate the community center, $51,201 for solid waste disposal and $48,000 for the Fire Department, among a total of 64 warrant articles.

Erin Rhoda — 612-2368

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