June 18, 2018
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CSD 9 voters to face $4.6M budget June 15

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

DYER BROOK, Maine — Residents in Community School District 9 will see a budget similar to last year’s when they go to the polls on June 15.

Superintendent Terry Comeau said this year’s $4.6 million budget is up only slightly from last year, and the assessments to the six towns in the district are down in all but two towns.

The district is made up of the towns of Crystal, Dyer Brook, Island Falls, Merrill, Oakfield and Smyrna.

Voters in the district have not approved any school consolidation plan, as Comeau said the district would not see any savings in doing so. As a result, the district is being hit with a $69,000 penalty for not complying with the law.

“We are hoping that it will be repealed,” Comeau said Wednesday.

If the budget is approved, taxpayers in Crystal will pay $169,963 for education, down from $183,322 last year.

In Dyer Brook, taxpayers will put forth $176,206, an increase over the $159,859 from last year. Comeau attributed the higher assessment to an increase in town valuation.

Taxpayers in Island Falls will pay $849,231, which is down from the last assessment of $865,609.

In Merrill, taxpayers will be assessed $142,979, which is down from the $152,309 paid last year.

The assessment to Oakfield will be $458,942 if the budget is approved, which is up from last year’s $423,845 assessment because of an increase in town valuation.

Smyrna will be assessed $216,482, which is down from $219,159 in 2008.

“It is pretty much the same budget as last year,” Comeau said Wednesday.

A budget meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Southern Aroostook Community School.

A referendum vote on the budget will take place in the individual towns from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 15.

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