RSU 40 budget approved by all but Warren

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 12, 2019
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Union — The 5.7-percent increased budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 was approved by all but one of the five towns served by Regional School Unit 40.

Warren residents voted 174 to 163 against the budget of $29,202,948, while residents of Friendship (41 to 17), Union (139 to 71), Waldoboro (341 to 177) and Washington (41 to 27) approved it. The budget passed overall by a 725 to 466 tally.

Union and Warren have the greatest increases in student enrollments, as well as increased property values, which means they will contribute more than the other three towns.

The increased impact per town is proposed as follows: Waldoboro, up $223,330 or 3.78 percent; Washington, up $66,737 or 3.90 percent; Union, up $162,766 or 6.71 percent; Warren, up $287,546 or 6.36 percent; and Friendship, up $112,095 or 5.45 percent

Superintendent Steve Nolan had explained at the district budget meeting May 14 that most of the new expenditures come from additions to the special education categories, which amount to nearly $400,000, and adjusting the substitute pay from $75 to between $90 and $100 per day to keep up with wages in other districts.

He explained that because the district is trying to follow the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which has never been fully funded by the state, the district is picking up the cost locally to meet the student needs it is required to meet.

Also in the proposed budget is a list of identified maintenance needs across the district totaling $193,889.

The district is projected to receive more than $1 million in additional state subsidy this year, which will help eliminate the usual balance forward, which Nolan sees as an important fix for the budget.

All five towns approved continuing the budget validation referendum process for an additional three years.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

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