WATERBORO — Voters on Nov. 6 agreed to allow all terrain vehicles on some public roads provided the practice is controlled by a town ordinance, agreed to bond a new fire truck to replace a 20-year-old model and to add a provision to the charter to allow the town to operate should the annual budget fail at the polls.

The ATV question, “Are you in favor of allowing ATV use on certain town roads, if controlled by a municipal ordinance?” which was approved 1,599 to 1,304, is non-binding.

A new fire truck, which will replace 20-year-old Engine 3, will take several months to build. Voters agreed, 1,661 to 1,277, to bond up to $614,640 for the new truck.

Voters also approved amending the municipal charter, 1,854 to 1,060, that will allow the town to keep running should the budget, or portions of it, fail at the annual referendum.

Voters agreed to abolish the annual Town Meeting two years ago and replace it with a referendum vote for the annual budget. The new system went into effect in June, and the budget passed handily, but there was no provision in the charter at the time to fall back on if all or parts of the budget didn’t pass.

The provision requires two public hearings on proposed revisions before holding a special budget referendum on those items.

Among other provisions, the amendment spells out that there will be one special budget referendum vote on any items that are not passed at the regular referendum vote. If the items do not pass in the special referendum, then the budget for that item would revert to the amount in the prior fiscal year’s budget.

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