June 19, 2018
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SAD 68 proposed budget to be presented at district meeting

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — SAD 68 officials have proposed a budget that reflects no increase in spending over the current year.

The $9,276,895 budget is exactly the same amount as the current year, but because of valuation changes, Monson and Sebec will see increases in their tax assessment while Dover-Foxcroft and Charleston will see slight decreases, according to Superintendent Alan Smith.

Smith thanked the budget committee and the board Wednesday for their in-depth work to bring in the status quo budget.

No positions were eliminated, but six longtime employees who were on the higher end of the salary scale plan to retire, which helped the district’s financial situation, he said. The positions will be replaced. “We also used federal funds wisely the last couple of years to offset some local costs,” Smith said.

Because the Department of Education approved the district’s stand-alone status in the state consolidation effort, the district will no longer face a penalty of more than $200,000.

If the proposed budget is approved, there will be “modest adjustments” made in the salaries of administrators, education technicians and secretaries who have not had a cost-of-living increase for four years, according to Smith.

An informational meeting on the budget will be held at 6 p.m. June 1, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the district budget vote, in the cafeteria at the SeDoMoCha School. The budget validation vote will be held on June 14 in each of the four communities.

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