HANCOCK, Maine — Voters from the 12 member towns of Regional School Unit 24 will have a chance to help determine the district’s 2011-12 annual budget this week.
The RSU will hold its annual budget vote at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Hancock Grammar School off Route 1 in the village.
The RSU’s proposed overall budget is $35,472,000, which is 9.9 percent higher than the current annual budget, RSU 24 officials have said. The budget voters approved last year for the 2010-11 academic years totals $32.3 million.
The proposed budget includes a $1.8 million debt payment on the new Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, which will be fully reimbursed by the state, RSU 24 officials have said. Not including that payment, the proposed annual budget is $34,102,408, which is about 5.8 percent higher than the current year budget.
Each of the past two years, the RSU’s annual operating budget has decreased, according to RSU 24 officials. The proposed $35.47 million budget is more than $1 million less than the combined school budgets of all 12 RSU 24 member towns the year before the RSU began operating.
Besides Hancock, RSU 24 includes the municipalities of Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Lamoine, Mariaville, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor.