RSU 34 voters OK budget, validation process

Posted June 09, 2010, at 1:22 a.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — With the RSU 34 municipalities of Old Town and Alton voting in favor Tuesday, it appeared assured that the regional school unit’s education budget for 2010-11 was approved.

As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, the only votes that had not yet been tallied were those from Bradley, but they were not expected to affect the final outcome.

The $16.3 million budget eliminates several teaching positions and reflects other efficiencies aimed at minimizing tax increases in the participating municipalities.

The budget represents an overall reduction of $352,000 from this year’s spending plan. The need to reduce spending was driven in large part by a cut of $591,000 in general purpose aid from the state and offset by an infusion of $104,000 in federal stimulus dollars, resulting in a net funding loss of $486,895.

Old Town voters passed the budget in a 1,211 to 281 vote. In Alton, the tally was 97-34.

Old Town and Alton voters also approved using for another three years the referendum process for adopting the school budget. The process requires that voters approve the proposed school budget at their annual town meeting and then approve it again through a referendum vote at the next local election.

Old Town voters authorized the measure 956-529 and in Alton, the vote was 87-45.

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