FARMINGTON — Voters will be asked to raise about $187,000 more than they did last year at the annual Town Meeting on Monday.

Selectmen have proposed a $4,650,934 budget, which is a 4.2 percent increase from last year’s budget.

Town officials estimate the proposed budget would increase the 2012 tax rate to $16.51 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, according to Town Manager Richard Davis.

The owner of a home with a $100,000 assessment would pay $50 more in taxes than last year, based on the estimate.

The tax rate estimate would change if the county and school district tax assessments, which will be addressed later this year, increase substantially. The estimate also relies on local assessment values increasing by about 1.5 percent.

In other articles, residents will be asked to consider passing ordinances that regulate wind energy projects as well as medical marijuana clinics and dispensaries. The proposed town ordinances would provide local control over the two issues, which otherwise are managed by state law.

Recommendations from the town’s budget committee will also appear on Monday’s warrant, giving voters an alternative to the selectmen’s proposals. The committee’s proposal is a 5.38 percent increase from last year’s budget.

Added town police department costs for raises and operating a new station account for most of the increases in both budget proposals.

The biggest difference between the proposals is the payment structure for the construction of a garage at the new town police station, which is opening this month.

Police Chief Jack Peck requested $75,000 to cover the estimated cost to build the garage.

Selectmen want to fund the garage project over three years, setting aside $25,000 annually. The budget committee wants to include the entire $75,000 in the budget being decided at Monday’s meeting.

The budget committee is also requesting $2,500 for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Selectmen recommended no funding for the organization.

The selectmen and budget committees’ proposals this year each include 3 percent raises for all town employees.

Most of the police department’s employees will receive a 5 percent raise in wages. Selectmen agreed to the raises to help recruit and retain officers, with the wages based on what other comparable law enforcement agencies offer.

The police department wage increases were negotiated with union officials representing most of the police department employees. The 5 percent raise is based on a 2 percent raise negotiated by the union, which is in addition to the 3 percent raises for all other town employees.

There was also a 2 percent raise included in the police department contract that was paid retroactively for the 2011 fiscal year, according to town budget figures.

The 5 percent raise in 2012 brings a new patrolman’s pay up to $31,588, the budget figures show.

There will be added parking for Monday’s meeting in the St. Joseph Parish Hall parking lot on the corner of Middle and Quebec streets. The W.G. Mallett School bus loop and rear parking lot are also available for parking after 4 p.m.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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