VIENNA — All the incumbents on the ballot won re-election Friday, and Saturday’s annual Town Meeting went off without a hitch.

The elections proved close for Town Clerk Connie Smith, who was able to keep that post by a one-vote margin, 125-124, over challenger Annie Tibbetts.

Smith kept the tax collector’s role as well, receiving 126 votes to Tibbetts’ 120.

In the only other contest, incumbent road commissioner Linwood Meader Jr. won with 126 votes to Alan Williams’ 118 votes.

Newcomer Laura Church was elected selectman, a post held by her husband Brian Church, until he resigned to become Vienna’s fire chief.

Williams served as moderator for the town’s annual meeting, which fixes the budget and determines expenditures for the upcoming year.

First selectman Doris “Dodi” Thompson said about 60 people attended the meeting and approved a municipal budget of $497,517, which was $16,000 higher than the previous year. That amount does not include money for schools, which goes to a vote later at a different venue.

Thompson said selectmen are hoping to keep the tax rate the same as last year. To support Vienna’s municipal budget, property owners pay $14.16 for each $1,000 worth of property.

The budget reflected some increases — $5,000 each in the paving and road maintenance accounts, which were adopted at $55,000 each — and at least one decrease: The $2,964 approved for the Public Safety Dispatching and Public Safety Answering Point services was about $1,000 less than last year’s amount.

In one amendment from the floor, the 30 Mile River Association is to receive $2,300 with up to $800 of that to be used to pay for work at the town’s boat launch, Thompson said.

Townspeople also voted to adopt a resolution in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution “abolishing corporate personhood.”

The nonbinding resolution is being taken up by a number of municipalities. In Vienna, resident Bob Weingarten spoke in favor of adopting the citizen petition.

The statement is against corporate funding of campaigns, which has been allowed since the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2010 of Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The decision has enabled unlimited campaign spending by so-called super PACs.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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