CHESHIRE -- Voters supported two debt exclusions allowing the town to buy a new Highway Department dump truck and Fire Department pumper in the coming year.

Turnout for Tuesday’s debt exclusion vote was low, at just 172 of the town’s 2,335 registered voters, but the results pleased town officials, who have long noted the need for new town vehicles.

The votes split 112 to 59 in favor of replacing the town’s 17-year-old dump truck and 102 to 69 in favor of replacing the town’s 28-year-old pumper.

Town officials estimated the cost of the two vehicles to be $195,000 and $450,000, respectively, and hope to mitigate the second figure by applying for a $50,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said the borrowed sums will increase Cheshire’s tax rate by a total 22 cents per thousand dollars of valuation beginning in fiscal 2016.

"It won’t be in the budget until next time around," Francesconi said.

According to Town Administrator Mark Webber, the borrowed sums will be paid off after five years for the dump truck and 12 to 14 years for the pumper.

Town Meeting approved both items by two-thirds majorities earlier this month.

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