Voters in the town of Freedom on Saturday will consider selling 181.6 acres on Sanford Hill that the town acquired through foreclosure two years ago.

The annual town meeting will be at 10 a.m. at Dirigo Grange Hall. Elections will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the election hall next to the town office.

David Bridges and Stephen Bennett are vying for a seat on the Board of Selectmen being vacated by Clint Spaulding, who chose not to seek re-election. Town clerk, tax collector and excise tax collector Cindy Abbott is running unopposed for her positions. School Board Director Myrick Cross is running unopposed for his seat in School Administrative District 3. Town Treasurer Ernestine Keller is running unopposed for her seat.

Article 36 on the town warrant asks voters if they want to market the Sanford Hill property, which voters at last year’s town meeting opted to maintain as recreational land.

Abbott said Wednesday that if voters approve all 45 articles on the warrant and do not vote to increase numbers, the budget for 2015 will be $466,796, which represents a reduction of $30,965 compared to 2014, according to Abbott.

“The budget committee has tried to reduce the budget this year,” she said. “I know they took $20,000 out of summer roads and $20,000 off winter roads.”

Voters will ultimately decide whether to approve those numbers.

Freedom, in Waldo County, is located 20 miles east of Waterville. The U.S. Census reported it had a population in 2010 of 719, according to the town’s web site.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

[email protected]

Twitter: @AmyCalder17


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