Local school budgets get green light

Validation vote set for June 10 ballot
By Dwight Collins | May 28, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Members of the School Administration District 28 vote in favor of sending their proposed budgets to the voters during a meeting held May 27in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Rockport — The Five Town Community School District and Maine School Administration District 28 both are one step closer to the finalization of respective budgets after a public budget meeting May 27.

Two meetings took place in Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School — one for each district — to allow public comment and a vote on articles that will be on town warrants. A "yes" vote will approve the school budget; if a voter is in opposition to the budget, they should cast a "no" vote. Voting takes place in all towns June 10.

SAD 28

Residents of Camden and Rockport will decide on a $12.5 million proposed budget for SAD 28 — the elementary and middle schools — after the approval of all 15 articles on the warrant with little discussion.

The school board voted in April to approve the costs to operate Camden-Rockport Elementary School and Camden-Rockport Middle School for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. It is a 1.63 percent increase when compared last year's budget.

Taxpayers in Camden will see an increase of $858,000 (16 percent increase) toward the SAD 28 budget with the total share at $6.2 million. Rockport taxpayers will also see a slight increase of $208,000 (4 percent increase) with that town's share totaling more than $5.2 million.

Five Town CSD

Residents of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville in attendance May 27 voted in favor of all 21 articles of the budget proposed for Camden Hills Regional High School.

The Five Town CSD board in April approved the $11.7 million budget to operate Camden Hills Regional High School for the upcoming year — an overall increase of $546,700 (5.7 percent increase), when compared to last year's budget.

Rockport’s share of the school budget will increase by $251,000 (4.29 percent), Camden by $189,000 (5.32 percent), Hope by $29,800 (5.5 percent) and Appleton by $14,200 (3.47 percent). Lincolnville's portion increased by $62,200 (4 percent).

The Five Town CSD budget will be voted on in each town June 10.

Lincolnville voters last week approved the budget for Lincolnville Central School; Hope voters already passed the budget for Hope Elementary School. Appleton residents will meet May 29 at 7 p.m. at Appleton Village School to vote. The elementary schools in the three towns make up Union 69 and are subject to the budget validation vote June 10.

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