A proposed municipal budget that is up 12 percent from last year will go before residents at the March 27 annual town meeting.

Citizens will also have to fill a vacancy for the town's single representative on the regional school board.

The 7 p.m. town meeting will be held at the Gilford Butler School. An ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana businesses is also on the warrant for residents.

The proposed overall 2018 municipal budget is $1,285,443, up 12 percent from the approved 2017 budget of $1,147,534.

The general government budget is proposed at $330,971.

The public safety budget is rising from $274,913 to $322,626. The ambulance division is largely behind that increase ($129,447 to $161,275). The Board of Selectmen approved a contract with the St. George Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Association to provide management and support for the town's emergency medical services need. That took effect Jan. 1.

The public works budget is proposed at $233,191, up from $216,819.

The health and sanitation budget is proposed at $204,882, down from $208,562.

The school board vacancy was created with the resignation last month of Jessie Butler. No one took out nomination papers for the seat. But voters can write in a candidate at the town meeting.

Select Board Chair Jan Gaudio is unopposed for another term on the Board of Selectmen.

Public hearings on the proposed marijuana ordinance and some land-use ordinances are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the municipal building.