WARREN — Residents approved all items on the annual town meeting warrant, including a $3.5 million municipal budget, up about 15%.

The meeting was held Tuesday evening, June 21, at the Warren Masonic Hall. Twenty-nine residents turned out to vote on 40 warrant articles. That represents 1% of the 2,900 registered voters in Warren. Residents voted June 14 at the polls for municipal officials and the regional school budget. More than 350 people cast votes on those matters.

Residents sailed through the June 21 warrant, approving all items within 45 minutes. Included in that approval was using $60,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act to give stipends to municipal employees for working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The approved 2022-2023 budget totals $3.5 million, up about $500,000. Residents agreed to use $400,000 from the fund balance (surplus) to reduce the property tax impact.

The largest account in the 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 was approved at $596,358, up from $272,704 in the 2021-2022 budget. Town Manager Sherry Howard said earlier this year the town needed to increase wages to remain competitive. The ambulance department employs per diem staff.

The public works budget was approved at $556,179, up from $482,455.

The transfer station budget was approved at $339,490, up from $282,048.

The general protection budget was approved at $271,972, up from $243,242.

The personnel budget was approved at $266,072, up from $225,058.

The administration budget was approved at $254,526, up from $242,558.

The facilities and grounds budget was approved at $113,843, up from $57,309.