RSU 13 budget approved by voters

By Kim Lincoln | Jun 10, 2014

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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Comments (3)
Posted by: Bruce Hodsdon | Jun 11, 2014 18:58

Time to get on with making sure our children get the best education we can provide.

Posted by: Marie Paschke | Jun 11, 2014 13:06

I've never voted against the school budget.  Never.  This time though I truly feel there has been so much wasteful spending, spending that was not in the best interest of the kids.  A lot of money was spent on attorney fees as opposed to money spent educating our children.  I don't pretend to have answers, but this board needs to increase its level of responsibility and accountability.

Posted by: Sonja Sleeper | Jun 11, 2014 01:28

Close, not enough got out to vote though.  Very sorry to see such low numbers.


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