BUXTON – A longtime Buxton selectman, Clifford L. Emery, and Peter E.W. Burns won three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen, and Buxton voters approved the Maine School Administrative 6 school budget in a light voter turnout on Tuesday.

Burns, with 303 votes, topped a four-way race for the two available selectman seats with Emery, an incumbent who has served 18 years on the board, finishing second with 258. Ronald E. Usher trailed with 216 backers and incumbent Dianne M. Senechal, 167.

Emery said Wednesday that’s he’s “very pleased and proud” that Buxton people re-elected him as selectman. It’s “something I really enjoy doing.”

“I appreciate support of the voters,” Burns said.

Buxton townspeople will vote on a new municipal budget in the town meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, in town hall, 185 Portland Road.

“We have to vote on our budget not knowing what revenues are coming from the state,” Emery said. “It’s a quandary.”

Last year, Buxton voters approved a $5.2 million dollar local budget.

On Tuesday, Buxton voters approved five separate questions to amend zoning ordinances and a measure to adopt a new building code. Voters narrowly approved a $44.6 million School Administrative District 6 budget 288-251. Buxton elected 386-149 to continue the school budget validation for three more years.

Town Clerk John Myers reported that 506 ballots and 64 absentee ballots were cast. The 570 total represented a 9.48 percent turnout of 6,010 registered voters.

As a comparison, Town Moderator Hiram Davis reported on Tuesday that in the November election last year 4,412 ballots were cast, representing a 74.1 percent turnout.

Buxton ballot clerks Joanne Emerson, left, and Patricia Morrison are knitting during a lull in voting on Tuesday afternoon.
Peter E.W. BurnsClifford L. Emery

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