Washington voters approved a $5.28 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012-13 during a town meeting May 17.

The plan represents a $251,966 increase over the current fiscal year.

The approval by voice vote includes $4.3 million in operating expenses and, in a separate vote, $980,000 in capital expenses.

In addition, voters approved $600,000 for road maintenance. Of that figure, up to $400,000 was approved for fleet replacement, a need arising from the May 2 town garage fire.

The mill rate has been at 11.5 mills, a .5 mill increase. That rate means taxes would be $1,150 on every $100,000 of assessed property value.

The town highway crew has to replace five large trucks and one small truck.

"The building and contents, other than motor vehicles, will be replaced through insurance from Connecticut Municipal Insurance, the town's insurance company," said First Selectman Mark Lyon.

"On the trucks themselves, we will only get back Blue Book value," he added. "We're waiting to hear what that amount will be to determine the cost to the town of replacing the fleet."

The fire marshal has determined the May 2 fire had several potential points of origin, Mr. Lyon said. The insurance company is working to pinpoint the exact point of origin at this time, he added.

The replacement of one large highway truck was already included in the town's 2012-13 budget.

Mr. Lyon said he is estimating a cost of $250,000 to $400,000 in funding from the town to replace the rest of the fleet.

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