SOUTH THOMASTON — Residents will gather Tuesday, June 28, for the annual town meeting at which time they will decide on a proposed $1.8 million municipal budget for 2022-2023.

And residents will also elect a Select Board member and a representative to the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

The warrant includes an article asking residents whether they will authorize the Select Board to spend up to $850,000 to purchase or lease/purchase a new tanker fire engine and a new or used utility fire truck. The vehicles would be paid by borrowing up to $438,683 for a term not exceeding seven years, use of $350,482 from the fire truck reserve fund, and a 2024 appropriation of $60,834.

Sue Snow is seeking the Select Board seat. She would succeed Walter Reitz who is not seeking re-election after serving two consecutive three-year terms.

Brad Choyt is seeking election to represent the town on the regional school board. He was appointed by the Select Board in August 2021 to fill the seat vacated by Lane Sturtevant. Choyt was later elected by the RSU 13 Board to serve at its vice chair.

The elections will be held at the annual town meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Ash Point Community School in neighboring Owls Head.

There is an advisory measure on the warrant asking residents whether they want to elect their town officials by referendum at the polls, starting in 2023.

The proposed municipal budget for 2022-2023 is $1,816,802. The last budget approved was an 18-month one which allowed the town to transition from a calendar year budget to a 12-month fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30. The 18-month budget approved by voters was $2,270,971 and covered the period from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

The 12-month budget for 2020 was $1,584,843.

In the proposed 2022-2023 budget, the largest account is public safety at $457,980. This includes $277,813 for the ambulance service and $128,894 for the fire department.

The general government budget is proposed at $457,980. The public works budget is proposed at $356,795. The health and sanitation budget is proposed at $284,211. The reserve funds account is proposed at $110,720.