South Thomaston voters will be asked March 30 to approve a municipal budget that would require about 1 percent less money from property owners than the spending package approved last year.

The proposed 2010 budget calls for spending $855,926, an increase of $1,170 from the 2009 voter-adopted budget. The amount to be raised in property taxes ($458,376) is 1.3 percent less than it was in 2009.

The impact on the town’s tax rate from the change would be negligible. The school budget accounted for 75 percent of property taxes raised in town in 2009. The Regional School Unit 13 budget will be released in the spring.

Selectmen and the budget committee developed the budget over the past several weeks and gave their final go-ahead this week.

Town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Gilford Butler School.

The one municipal seat up for a vote is the selectman seat held by Jeffrey Northgraves. He has taken out papers for re-election but has yet to return them to the town office.

The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers is Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

Elections in South Thomaston are done at the town meeting and not on a ballot, but candidates who want to be considered are required to file papers.

Budget

In the proposed budget, the largest account is administration, which is recommended at $151,216, up from $147,119 approved by voters last year.

The town roads and snowplow contract budget is proposed at $147,791, up from $137,985.

The ambulance budget is proposed at $109,434, down from $112,763.

The transfer station budget is proposed at $108,866, compared with $108,398 in 2009.

The fire department budget is proposed at $86,606, down from $95,950.

Town officials have recommended $65,000 be set aside in reserve accounts, down from $87,500 included in the budget last year.

The demolition debris budget is proposed at $53,664, down from $55,619.

Comprehensive plan

Also on the town meeting warrant will be adoption of a comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan contains goals and recommendations for future development of South Thomaston based on a survey of town residents conducted in March 2007.

There have been numerous meetings on it leading up to the March 30 vote. A formal public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Gilford Butler School.

The March 30 warrant will also include the proposed adoption of a shoreland zoning package.