Stockton Springs, at its annual town meeting, June 19, became the fourth town in Waldo County to enact a restrictive ordinance targeting wind energy development.

The 23-page document, which Selectwoman Sara Bradford said was based on the state’s model ordinance and comparisons with wind ordinances in a half-dozen other towns, requires a mile setback from occupied buildings and caps noise at 50 decibels at the property line.

The ordinance was approved June 8 by a vote of 333-153. On Saturday, residents made it official, adding the document to the town’s land use ordinance.

Jackson, Montville and Thorndike have all enacted wind development ordinances in the past six months. Unity recently rejected one after residents expressed concern that the 35-foot height restriction would prohibit the kinds of smaller-scale, non-commercial generators currently in use on some properties in the town.

Prospect enacted a moratorium on wind development in April with the intent of drafting a wind-specific ordinance in the interim, and Burnham residents voted earlier this year to draft a wind energy ordinance of their own.

Bradford said Stockton Springs had received one inquiry about a possible industrial wind development, but no formal proposals. Two existing residential-use windmills would have been permitted under the new ordinance, she said.

Residents appeared to want to contribute more to social services than the town’s budget committee had recommended, but the wording of the article under which all social services were listed would not allow it.

The question proposed a $16,300 allocation for all social services, based upon the total of the recommendations from the town’s budget committee on requests from 10 organizations.

Beneath the question, each organization’s request was listed side-by-side with the committee’s recommendation. In some cases, as with the town library and historical society, the committee recommended full funding. Others, like an $8,439 request from Waldo Community Action Partners that was dropped to $2,000, and a $1,235 request from Spectrum Generations, cut to $400, were recommended at a fraction of their request.

The total of the requested amounts was $25,098. Last year the town gave $22,154 to social services and other outside organizations.

“There were some things we wondered about ourselves,” said Bradford in response to questions about how the budget committee’s recommendations were reached. “But we decided to live with it, because there were concerns about the overall budget.”

Town meeting procedure prohibits raising a dollar amount on a given article, and the “cap” phrasing of the social services question meant residents could only raise the contribution to one group by cutting from another.

The article passed with the committee’s recommended dollar amounts, but the word “Prospect” was struck from a line for the Prospect Food Cupboard after it was suggested that the charity might be closed. Residents appeared to favor giving the money to a food cupboard — Searsport, if Prospect was no longer in business — and left it to the Selectmen to decide which one.

To the town’s land use ordinance, residents approved a number of changes, described by Selectman Peter Curley as “housekeeping.” The most significant change involved rezoning a parcel on Route 1 east of the Church Street overpass to commercial, and eliminating some mixed-use zones on the west side of Cape Jellison. There were few, if any, questions from residents.

In municipal elections, held June 8, Curley was re-elected as selectman; Fire Chief Harry Patterson was also re-elected.

Town Manager Joe Hayes said the bottom line of the budget was down slightly from last year, and he estimated the municipal budget would require $3,700 less in tax appropriations.

However, a major drop in anticipated receipts from state municipal revenue sharing, from $140,000 to roughly $80,000, coupled with an increase in the school budget, would raise the mill rate in the coming year from 12.2 (dollars per $1,000 of property value) to around 13.0, he said.

Another factor contributing to the increase, Hayes said, would be the change to the Maine Homestead Exemption. Previously, the law exempted the first $13,000 of value of qualifying properties. This year, that figure dropped to $10,000.