The proposed $1.77 million municipal budget for the town of Union is up about 2 percent ($33,373) from last year’s budget, according to Town Manager Jay Feyler.

The annual town meeting will be held 7 p.m., June 20 at the town office.

The municipal election will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 14, at the town office.

The budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board pay increase for town employees. There are about six full-time and three part-time employees in the town office and public works departments.

The budget also includes $75,000 for additional road paving.

About $1 million of the budget will be paid for through property taxes, up 5.5 percent ($54,635) from last year’s budget.

Feyler argues the increase is actually only $14,635 because the town has about $40,000 of increased revenue due to new valuations.

Feyler said that for the municipal side of the budget, the property tax rate is not expected to change as a result of this budget. However, he said increases in the school and county budgets may mean a slight property tax increase.

He said the selectmen decided to address road paving in a separate article. He said that $75,000 would come from the fund balance or budget surplus.

He said that without that funding, the town can pave less than one mile of road in the coming year. The condition of the roads continues to be a concern in the community.

According to the town meeting warrant, the budget includes $15,039 for social service agencies including New Hope for Women, Penquis and the American Red Cross. That figure is down by about $2,639 from last year.

The budget committee, which is an advisory board, does not recommend approving $51,424 for Knox County Dispatch, up $2,399, or 5 percent, from last year. Townspeople debated dispatch costs at last year’s town meeting and passed the item by a split vote of 31-18.

Other budget items include:

Administration, $58,100, up $1,800 from last year.

Office personnel, $135,644, up $1,588.

Fire department, $49,120, down 23 percent ($15,000).

Legal fees, $5,000, down from $10,000 the year before.

Public Works, $342,534, down 4 percent ($14,843).

Paving, road construction, $222,600, same as last year (separate from $75,000 item).

Ambulance operations, $166,900, up 17 percent ($24,800).

Residents will be asked to approve $123,000 from the fund balance to reduce the tax commitment.

Election update

Lyle Cramer and Doris Vertz are vying for a two-year term on the Union Board of Selectmen.

The seat is presently held by Jonathan Powers, who is not running.

Incumbent Elmer L. Savage is running unopposed for another three-year term on the board.

Linda McAllister has returned nomination papers to run for another one-year term as the town’s treasurer.

Two school board seats are also up for election this year. Norman Theberge and Gail Hawes have returned nomination papers to run for one seat.

Erik Amundsen took out nomination papers for another school board seat, but did not return them. With no one on the ballot for the seat, the election will rely on write-in candidates. Both Amundsen and Theberge have expressed interest in the seat.