Online poll: Would you approve the RSU 13 budget?
Rockland — Do you support the proposed Regional School Unit 13 budget of $27.1 million?
Despite the school board cutting several positions and approving a spending package that is approximately $123,000 less than this year, taxpayers will see a 4 percent increase because of declining revenues and state subsidy.
A district-wide meeting to vote on the budget will be held Tuesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. at Oceanside High School East before being ratified at the polls June 10.
In total, property owners will be asked to contribute $23.5 million. If approved, Rockland taxpayers will contribute approximately $8 million, which is up 4.79 percent; St. George will contribute $4.4 million, up 6.83 percent; Thomaston will pay 4.93 percent more for a total of about $3.4 million; Cushing's share is up 6.1 percent for a total of $2.7 million; and South Thomaston will contribute $2.59 million, which is up 1.55 percent. Owls Head will see a 3.28 percent decrease, paying $2.48 million.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.
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