RSU 13 budget passes second test
Rockland — Voters in the six towns of Regional School Unit 13 voted to approve the school budget Aug. 13 after a second time at the polls.
Voters approved a $27.2 million budget, up more than 2 percent from last year, which represents a 1.2 percent increase to the six towns in the district. The towns will raise $22.3 million locally.
It passed with a total vote of 737 in favor and 622 against. St. George, Cushing and Thomaston voted in favor of the spending package while Owls Head, South Thomaston, and Rockland voted against it.
The votes break down as follows:
South Thomaston — 46 yes, 49 no
Cushing — 41 yes, 29 no
Owls Head — 58 yes, 100 no
Thomaston — 88 yes, 57 no
Rockland — 168 yes, 342 no
St. George — 336 yes, 45 no
A vote in June on a $27.1 million budget failed by 12 votes. The school board went back to the drawing board, making additional cuts to present a $26.9 million budget.
After the district learned it would receive additional state subsidy, voters at a July 24 public meeting voted to add the funds, totaling $334,162, to the instruction budget to restore teaching positions at St. George School and Oceanside High School East.
Owls Head will see the largest increase at 6.39 percent or $152,709 for a total of $2,541,109, while St. George will see the the biggest decrease at $31,401, paying $4,118,623. Rockland would be expected to pay $7.6 million, up $122,000; South Thomaston would pay $2.54 million, up $36,500; Cushing would see a $6,800 increase at $2.56 million and Thomaston would pay $18,744 less than last year for a total of $3.2 million.
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