WARREN — Residents will be asked June 21 to approve a $3.5 million municipal budget, up about 15 percent.

The annual town meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Warren Masonic Hall. The election for municipal officials will be held Tuesday, June 14 with polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Warren Masonic Hall at 105 Camden Road.

The proposed 2022-2023 budget being put forth to residents totals $3.5 million, up about $500,000.

Town Manager Sherry Howard said the warrant also includes a request to have voters use $400,000 from the fund balance (surplus) to reduce the property tax impact.

The largest account in the proposed budget is the capital improvement plan reserve account at $892,500. This account includes $350,000 for paving. This budget last year was $576,000.

The ambulance services budget is proposed at $596,358, up from $272,704 in the 2021-2022 budget. Howard said the town needs to increase wages to remain competitive. The ambulance department employs per diem staff.

The public works budget is proposed at $556,179, up from $482,455.

The transfer station budget is proposed at $339,490, up from $282,048.

The general protection budget is proposed at $271,972, up from $243,242.

The personnel budget is proposed at $266,072, up from $225,058.

The administration budget is proposed at $254,526, up from $242,558.

The facilities and grounds budget is proposed at $113,843, up from $57,309.

The fire department budget is proposed at $101,313, up from $95,588.

Residents will decide whether to pay stipends from a federal grant to municipal employees who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic. The total cost would be $60,000.

Residents will also elect municipal officials on June 14.

There is one seat available — seat No. 5 — on the Select Board. The term is for three years. The seat is currently held by Brent Pratt who is seeking re-election. He is uncontested.

Three seats to represent Warren on the Regional School Unit 40 Board are up for a vote. Two terms are for three years and one is for two years. The seats are currently held by Lillian Haversat, Randy Kassa, and Julie Swindler. Kassa and Swindler are running opposed for the three-year terms. There is no candidate for the two-year seat.

Warren has four seats on the 16-member regional school board.

Seat No. 3 on the sanitary district is up for election as well. Saralee Andrews is seeking election to the three-year post.

The Regional School Unit 40 budget referendum will also be on the ballot.