OWLS HEAD — Town residents will gather Aug. 30 for the annual town meeting when they will decide on a proposed municipal budget that is down from last year.

The warrant for the meeting also includes elections of officers and a petition-driven ordinance proposal to allow event centers on parcels of 15 acres or more.

The proposed 2021-2022 budget is $1,109,516, down about $81,000 from the previous year budget approved at the 2020 town meeting. The decrease is due to a proposed public services budget of $561,000 that is about $90,000 less than approved last year.

The general government budget is proposed at $322,000, down about $11,000.

The proposed public safety budget of $217,000 is up about $5,000.

The human services budget is proposed at $2,750, up about $1,000.

Non-property tax revenues are projected at $770,000, up about $31,000.

The town meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the town office.

Town budget committee members warned residents that property taxes will increase due to an increased tax bill from Regional School Unit 13. The school budget was approved by residents of the district in June.

The election of town officials is on the warrant. The Selectboard seat held by Tom Von Malder is up for election and he has announced he will seek a third consecutive three-year term.

The proposed events center ordinance is also on the warrant, after 106 residents signed a petition to get it on the meeting for a vote.

The petition details what would be allowed at event centers under the proposed ordinance change. Events could run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with cleanup continuing until 11 p.m. One toilet for every 50 people would be required. The centers would need to meet noise and parking requirements already in place in town.

The Owls Head Planning Board is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, to hold a public hearing on the proposal.