RSU 13 budget approved by voters
The Regional School Unit 13 budget for the coming school year was approved by voters at the polls June 10.
The total budget of $27,175,985 is $51,000 less than this year's budget. However, taxpayers will still see about a 4 percent increase in taxes due to less-than-anticipated revenues in carryover and a decreased amount expected in state subsidy.
At a district wide budget meeting May 27, about 60 voters approved adding $72,000 to the original budget proposal. Under state law voters could only add dollar amounts to the budget and not demand it be used for specific items, but meeting attendees made it clear they would like to see the board add the industrial technology and library media specialist positions back to the budget.
The budget was approved in all six towns, receiving 733 votes in favor with 505 opposed.
The votes breakdown by town as follows:
Owls Head — 71 yes, 41 no
St. George — 125 yes, 70 no
Cushing — 69 yes, 58 no
Rockland — 211 yes, 169 no
Thomaston — 186 yes, 121 no
South Thomaston — 71 yes, 46 no
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