FRANKFORT — This year Frankfort voters raised more in funds through taxation than to last year, but approved a lower budget overall. About two dozen people attended the 1 1/2-hour meeting March 25 at the Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in Winterport.

Voters agreed to raise $404,128 at this year’s meeting, a 45.2% increase from the $278,335 raised last year. The overall municipal budget was 2.8% lower than last year, dropping from $784,515.39 to $762,474 this year. Those in attendance allocated 29.2% less from existing funds than the year prior, approving $506,180 last year and $358,346 this year.

There was little discussion of articles, but voters did raise an additional $6,000 from undesignated funds more than the Select Board and Budget committee had recommended for the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department and the West Frankfort Fire Department, allocating $23,000 to each department.

When questioned about whether the $20,000 proposed by town officials for each of the departments was enough, a member of one of the departments said rising fuel costs were not factored into the amount proposed. He said it could be easier to raise that amount at the meeting rather than going through the process of a special town meeting later to request more money if the departments need it.

An article on the warrant that would have allowed adult-use marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facilities in town was voted down by 30 votes; 26 people voted in favor of the article and 56 people voted against it.

Evelyn Adams was reelected to a three-year term on the Select Board. Samantha McKay was elected to a one-year term on the Select Board. Jeffery Anderson was reelected to a two-year term as road commissioner. Allan Gordon was reelected to a three-year term on the Regional School Unit 22 Board of Directors.

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