A preliminary budget shows a decreased amount being requested to operate the town in the coming year.

Town Manager Jay Feyler has proposed a $2,086,937 budget, which is down about $8,600 from this year.

"The budget is now in the hands of the board of selectmen," Feyler said March 8.

The budget reductions include reduced hours in the treasurer's office and reducing the code enforcement officer position to half time.

Proposed figures are:

— Administration, $410,269, a decrease of 4.2 percent ($17,990) is mostly due to reduction in treasurer's office hours and some health insurance adjustments

— Protection, $317,600, a decrease of 6.14 percent ($20,788) mostly due to a reduction in code officer

— Health/Sanitation, $47,300, an increase of $1,000 from last year

—  Highway, $760,458, an increase of 1.86 percent ($13,850) from last year

— Intergovernment, $251,087, an increase of 4.47 percent or $10,739

— Unclassified, $238,673, an increase of $4,535 from last year

The budget noted increases in the county ($10,739), dispatch ($1,295) and Tri-county Solid Waste ($1,049) fees for a total increase of $13,083.

As the School Administrative District  40 budget has yet to be finalized, there are no figures included in the Union town budget in that category.

According to Feyler, the board will meet every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the town office until the budget is finalized.

Union's town meeting is scheduled for June 17.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.