CHINA — Residents at Town Meeting approved a $750,000 economic development project, passed most changes to the land development code and appropriated money to pay emergency responders.

About 150 people attended the Saturday meeting at China Middle School, approving 55 of the 56 warrant articles. The total approved municipal budget was about $2.2 million, not including the money set aside for economic development. The budget includes an increase of $29,000, or 1.32 percent, from last year’s budget. However, it won’t affect the tax rate, because revenue has increased by about $129,000, according to Town Manager Dan L’Heureux.

Residents approved a $750,000 project for Causeway Road, proposed by a committee that focuses on economic development, despite a question about whether the plan is ready.

The Causeway Road project proposed by the tax-increment finance, or TIF, committee is intended to improve safety in the area, create more parking space and assess the bridge’s integrity.

A total $69,169 of TIF money was approved to fund annual budget items, as well.

A proposal to appropriate $40,000 for stipends for emergency responders also was approved.

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