A level-funded budget with no cost of living increases for town employees, and money for the continued restoration of the Gay Head Light are on the agenda when Aquinnah convenes its annual town meeting Tuesday.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the town fire station. Face coverings are required. A quorum of 35 voters is needed. Longtime moderator Michael Hebert is unable to attend the meeting this year, and a temporary moderator will be elected from the floor for the day, town administrator Jeffrey Madison said.

The annual town operating budget this year is $5.2 million, around the same as last year, with a few line item increases “in an effort to catch up on and cover some of the anticipated expenses,” Mr. Madison said.

Those include costs for telephone and insurance, higher assessments for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

Aquinnah town employees will not receive cost of living adjustments (COLAs) this year, but they will be granted step increases at a total cost of around $13,000.

In warrant articles, voters will be asked to contribute $28,000 to the Dukes County Sheriff’s department’s new communications tower.

Using money from the town Community Preservation Act fund, voters will also be asked to spend $52,000 on a package of historic preservation projects, around $80,000 on a package of community housing projects, and $115,000 on open space and recreation projects.

Emergency repairs, re-pointing of brickwork and the continued restoration of the Gay Head Light will continue at a cost of $40,000, if voters agree.

Improvements at the Circle will cost $115,000; $65,880 will help pay off a mortgage for capital improvements in the area, and $37,608 will be used to bury overhead wires.

Voters will be asked to approve $24,660 to go toward a final mortgage payment on the affordable housing property at Smalley’s Knoll and the subsidy of affordable rentals in Aquinnah. Another article would amend the deed at Smalley’s Knoll in order to grant a trail easement to the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank.

A request for $125,000 to be transferred from the town’s stabilization account is aimed at covering legal expenses, an off-and-on point of contention in town, where long-running court disputes over the proposed tribal casino have drained the town’s modest coffers. Mr. Madison said taking money from the stabilization fund is a prudent approach.

“We have a number of outstanding legal issues that we need to fund, and this is a way to fund them without asking for tax money to do it,” he said.

Finally, voters will also be asked to pay for dredging at the West Basin, using $35,655 from the waterways improvement fund plus $11,000 in unspent monies from 2012.