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

But they decided to give no money to an organization that provides mental health services.

Residents approved every warrant article as written except for one: $50 for Community Health and Counseling Services, which is a nonprofit that provides health, hospice and mental health services to people in central, eastern and northern Maine.

First Selectman Kelly Archer said the measure also did not pass last year and that residents did not want to start funding organizations they have not provided for in the past.

Archer did not have a total budget amount but said the current tax rate is $7.65 for every $1,000 worth of property, and the approved 2012 budget won’t cause any drastic changes.

Residents approved putting $10,000 into a reserve account to install a new community center roof in the coming years.

Selectman Lesley Real won re-election with 55 votes. Debbie Smith received 42.

And Selectman Paul Anderson will no longer have to fill in as a school board member as Leonard Legrand won as a write-in candidate to serve on the Oakland-based Regional School Unit 18 board.

At the approximately three-hour meeting at the Rome Community Center, residents voted 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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