Sixty-three voters turned out for two hours March 30 in South Thomaston to approve a municipal budget that called for raising slightly fewer property tax dollars and to elect two selectmen and adopt a comprehensive zoning plan.

Jeffrey Northgraves was re-elected to another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen without opposition. John Spear was elected to another two-year term, filling the vacancy created with the resignation in February of Dorothy Meriwether. Spear, who has served several terms dating back to 1996, was unopposed.

The budget approved by voters totaled $855,296, 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 will 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.

The administration budget was approved at $151,216, up from $147,119.

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

The ambulance budget was approved at $109,434, down from $112,763.

The transfer station budget was approved at $108,866, compared with $108,398 in 2009.

The fire department budget was approved at $86,606, down from $95,950.

Voters set aside $65,000 for reserve accounts, down from $87,500 included in the budget last year.

The demolition debris budget was approved at $53,664, down from $55,619.

Comprehensive plan

The comprehensive plan was approved after only a few minutes of discussion. The residents overwhelmingly approved it by a show of hands, said Town Clerk Barbara Black.

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

Voters also approved a shoreland zoning package.