Windsor voters approved every article put before them at Wednesday’s Town Meeting, including the purchase of two new public works trucks and a new first responder rescue vehicle.

The votes at the open-voting portion of the meeting at Windsor Elementary School Wednesday night came on the heels of secret-ballot voting Tuesday, in which voters rejected a Fire Department proposal to borrow $350,000 to purchase a new, six-person-cab pumper firetruck by a vote of 61 yes to 166 no.

The 52 voters at Wednesday’s Town Meeting approved all of the remaining 39 warrant articles in less than two hours, according to Town Manager Theresa Haskell.

The town budget is $1.76 million, up by about $24,000 from the current year’s budget, a 1.4 percent increase.

Haskell said officials are hopeful that the town’s property valuation has increased enough with the addition of a large new Central Maine Power Co. substation to bring in sufficient revenue to offset the increase in the budget and avoid the need for a property tax increase.

The valuation has not been set yet, however.


The town’s current property tax rate is $13 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

Among the new items approved Wednesday was the purchase of a new first responder rescue vehicle to replace the current unit, which has more than 200,000 miles on it. Voters approved taking $75,000 from the town’s unassigned fund balance, or surplus account, and using $16,300 from a rescue reserve account to buy the new unit.

Other new spending contributing to the budget increase includes the first $35,000 payment on a new plow truck to be purchased with $175,000 voters approved borrowing Wednesday.

Ray Bates, chairman of the selectmen, said the new truck would replace an older, unreliable truck that has been troublesome for the town for years, frequently breaking down because of problems with its computerized systems.

Residents also approved using $107,000 the town already has on hand in a public works truck reserve account to buy another, smaller new public works truck.

A revised Budget Committee Ordinance also won approval. The ordinance change will let people who work for the town serve on the Budget Committee, as long as they recuse themselves from deliberations when the committee is discussing the departments in which they work.


Bates said the current ordinance bans anyone on the town’s payroll from serving on the Budget Committee.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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Twitter: @kedwardskj

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