Fast internet was put aside for another year.

Voters on March 28 turned down a ballot proposal to raise $15,000 in taxes for broadband internet planning. The question, put forward by the town's Internet Committee, was defeated at the polls by a tally of 76-101.

Selectman Vaughn Littlefield, who attended some of the committee's meetings and told The Republican Journal the next night that the only internet available at his home is satellite service.

"It's not good, and it's expensive," he said.

State Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, who has made the lack of internet service at her home part of her pitch for a statewide investment in broadband infrastructure, spoke to Frankfort residents Friday night and said better access to internet, especially in rural areas, is her top priority in Augusta.

Herbig has a $20 million bond proposal for broadband infrastructure in the current session of the Legislature.

On Friday, she said she could understand why a small town would hesitate to sign off on a new $15,000 expense and said it's up to the state to invest in internet infrastructure, "just like we did when we were building roads."

"It's the way we access markets now," she said. "It's not just on roads anymore."

In town elections March 28, longtime Selectman Evelyn Adams defeated challenger Herbert Littlefield, 111-64.

Littlefield, a pastor at Overcomers Christian Fellowship, accused Adams and the other selectmen at the town meeting of improperly moving budgeted money into the town's general fund at the end of the year without putting it to a public vote.

"That's how it's done," said Adams, who was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 1991. When Littlefield protested, Adams offered him the town auditor's phone number.

In other elections, Allan Gordon, who moderated the March 29 town meeting, was re-elected to the Regional School Unit 22 Board of Directors for a three-year term. Road Commissioner Shawn Stone was re-elected to that post for another year and to the Planning Board for five more years. Albert Colson Sr. was elected the town's Emergency Management director.

About 30 residents attended the annual town meeting, passing 59 articles in about 90 minutes. Very few items generated any discussion. Among them was a request for $250 for the Internet Committee. A resident, after establishing that the members were not paid, asked what the money was for. Selectman Steve Imondi said the request was typical of other committees. "It's basically for mailings," he said.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct references to Overcomers Christian Fellowship and Evelyn Adams.