BELMONT — There was very little discussion of articles at the hour-long annual meeting March 21. Roughly two dozen residents zipped through the warrant and made no changes to what was proposed. The longest discussions were from candidates running for state and county offices at the beginning of the meeting.

At this year’s meeting, residents voted to raise $486,323 from taxes, a  1.8% decrease from the $495,087.34 raised at last year’s meeting. However, the overall town budget increased 32.5%, from $844,213 last year to $1,118,474.59 this year. The overall Public Works budget increased by 52.4%, from $494,795 last year to $753,995 this year.

District 97 Rep. Janice Dodge, D-Belfast, presented Don Berry with a printed sentiment from District 96 Rep. Stanley Paige Zeigler, D-Montville, congratulating the teacher and coach on his induction late last year into the USA Track and Field Officials Hall of Fame. Dodge was a student of his at Crosby Junior High School and Belfast Area High School. He also spent four terms in the state Legislature.

“Thank you for your positive example of leadership as a coach and educator in our community,” Dodge said. “It is an honor to stand today as your former student turned legislator to say thank you for the academic rigor of your biology and chemistry classes that I and hundreds of students experienced oh, so many years ago at Crosby Junior High and then Belfast Area High School.”

Sharon Reed-Hall was reelected first selectperson, Suzette Harford was reelected second selectperson and Wanda Pinkham was reelected third selectperson, all for one-year terms. Ronald Harford was reelected fire chief for a one-year term and Stephen Hopkins was reelected to the Regional School Unit 71 Board of Directors for a three-year term.

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