June 24, 2018
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SAD 14, CSD 9 voters approve school budgets

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

DANFORTH, Maine — While school budgets have been turned down in regions surrounding SAD 14 and in CSD 9, the districts had no problem passing their own budgets last week.

SAD 14 Superintendent William Dobbins said Monday that district officials saw “very light” voter turnout during the June 16 referendum.

SAD 14 consists of the towns of Danforth and Weston.

Dobbins said this year’s $1.7 million budget was up 2 percent over last year and attributed the increases to a slight hike in salaries and benefits.

Dobbins said the assessment for education to Danforth increased slightly, while the assessment to Weston decreased.

In CSD 9, Superintendent Terry Comeau also saw low voter turnout during the June 15 referendum, where the budget passed 89-50.

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

The $4.6 million budget was up only slightly from last year, and the assessments to the six towns in the district were down in all but two towns.

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 of $159,859 over last year. Comeau attributed the higher assessment to an increase in town valuation.

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

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

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

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

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