Friendship Fire Truck and Snow Plow Vote, 2009
The measure was defeated overwhelmingly, with 235 votes against to 77 in support.
Fire Chief Philip Bramhall and members of the fire department collected signatures on a petition to put a fire truck question on the ballot.
Townspeople were asked to approve borrowing up to $250,000 to buy a Metalfab 3,000-gallon tanker fire truck and to appropriate $41,000 for the first annual payment.
In addition, they were asked to approve borrowing up to $140,000 for a new or used snowplow truck and to appropriate $28,000 for the first annual payment.
The total proposed municipal budget for Friendship in 2009 is $823,505. That's up $144,527 from last year's budget of $678,978.
The total to be raised from property taxes would be $498,505, up 41 percent ($144,527) from last year, when $353,978 had to be raised in taxes to support the budget.
The amount to be raised in taxes depends on whether townspeople approve spending $325,000 from undesignated funds and excise taxes to reduce the property taxes. Without that $325,000, the amount to be raised in taxes would be higher.
The town's total budget figure includes $204,000 in items added to the general budget as additional warrant articles. The items will be voted on March 16 as secret ballot referendum questions. This includes proposals for a new fire truck and snowplow truck.