Apology issued for misprint in RSU 40 budget bookletNo affect on town obligation
Union — Despite misprints in three of the five town assessments in the Regional School Unit 40 2014 Budget Booklet, the towns' obligations remain the same as was voted on at the budget meeting.
The budget booklet was sent to all residents of the five towns in RSU 40. The anticipated revenues were represented correctly, however misprints were found in town assessments for Union, Waldoboro, and Washington. Friendship and Warren numbers were correct.
A letter from Attorney Robert Nadeau of DrummondWoodsum to RSU 40 Business Manager Karla Miller and Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier, states "the statute makes clear that tax assessments must be 'in accordance with the budget approved by the voters at the annual budget meeting'. There is no mention of a budget booklet or other document."
Nadeau represents the school district as legal counsel.
"We hope you will accept our sincere apologies," Cormier said in a letter sent to the five towns July 3.
The amounts the municipalities are obligated to raise on behalf of the school district for 2014 are as voted on in the budget warrants:
Friendship — $1,687,610, up 2.60 percent or $42,795
Union — $1,959,822, up 0.54 percent or $10,493
Waldoboro — $4,620,898, up 1.73 percent or $78,376
Warren — $3,388,900, up 2.15 percent or $71,347
Washington — $1,310,218, up 2.49 percent or $31,797
The district budget is $22.1 million. The passage of the state budget shows RSU 40 receiving $8,959,869 in state subsidy — an increase of $291,343 over what was budgeted.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.