Rockland area school district to pass on windfall to towns

By Stephen Betts | Oct 05, 2017

Rockland — The Rockland area school district will be returning half of the additional state revenue it received to the individual municipalities, the business manager said.

Regional School Unit 13 Business Manager Peter Orne said Thursday, Oct. 5 that the board has all along agreed that it would return the money as was the intent of the added revenues provided by a vote of the Maine Legislature in the spring.

Orne said the goal is for the money to reduce the property tax burden for communities.

The money will be given to the five RSU 13 municipalities by reducing their June 2018 payments to the district.

Rockland will be the largest recipient of the more than $205,000 that will be returned districtwide. The city will have about $86,000 reduced from its June 2018 payment to RSU 13. Thomaston will receive about $38,500, Cushing $32,000, South Thomaston $26,500, and Owls Head $23,500.

Neighboring RSU 40 will be keeping its additional revenues to offset a deficit. That decision has been met with opposition by town officials within that district which consists of Waldoboro, Warren, Union, Friendship and Washington. The decision, however, was voted on by the public at the district's budget meeting earlier this year for RSU 40 to keep the money.

The Five-Town Community School District (Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville) and SAD 28 (Camden and Rockport) has already sent checks to its communities for half the added money, Superintendent Maria Libby said.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 05, 2017 12:05

Second thought: Now we can rebuild Main Street again, surplus funds, eh?

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 05, 2017 11:59


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