RSU 40 budget approved by voters
Union — At referendum votes in their respective towns June 18, 391 total ballots were cast with 227 approving the Regional School Unit 40 2014-2015 budget.
Two of the five towns voted against the $22.7 million budget. Friendship had 81 residents vote, 44 against and 37 in favor, while Warren voted 41 against, 36 in favor.
Union approved the budget 26 to 15, Waldoboro approved it 98 to 59 and Washington voted 30 to 5 in favor.
The budget is a 2.47 percent increase, made possible primarily by bringing $200,000 of MaineCare expenditures and reimbursements into the general fund balance, according to Business Manager Karla Miller.
An emergency Board of Directors meeting was called May 29 to address incorrect numbers approved in Article 13 at the May 27 district budget meeting.
Article 13 deals with the town assessment and breakdown of the RSU 40 budget.
The board met to cancel the Budget Validation Referendum which was to occur June 10, approved warrants for Corrective Budget Meeting for Article 13 on June 12, and warrants for a new Budget Validation Referendum June 18.
The five-town breakdown of contributions is:
— Friendship, $1,484,336
— Union, $1,691,492
— Waldoboro, $3,932,076
— Warren, $3,020,774
— Washington, $1,116,975
The chart below shows the variances that caused the postponed referendum.
RSU 40 serves the towns of Friendship, Union, Waldoboro, Warren and Washington.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via 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 working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.