$8.9 million high school budget approved on MDI

Posted April 06, 2012, at 5:15 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Voters on Mount Desert Island have approved a high school budget of $8.9 million, according to the island’s top education official.

MDI schools superintendent Rob Liebow said Friday that the proposed 2012-2013 high school budget of $8,930,591 was approved Wednesday night with “no problem.” The budget includes expenses for all aspects of operating the 570-student school, including transportation and physical upkeep.

The approved budget is $170,875 higher than this year’s budget and represents a total increase of $221,453 in what the four member towns of the island’s high school district are being asked to pay, according to Liebow. Though the overall budget is increasing by less than two percent, the overall increase to the towns is more than three percent because of declines in Medicaid reimbursements, in tuition students from surrounding towns, and in the anticipated carryover from the 2011-2012 budget.

Bar Harbor’s share is expected to increase by $10.33 per $100,000 of each property’s value because that town is expected to have 20 more students at the school next year, according to Liebow. Mount Desert’s increase is expected to be $3.60 for each $100,000 of a property’s value while Southwest Harbor is facing a corresponding increase of $1.73 on it tax bills. Tremont’s per-pupil cost is expected to decrease by $1.60 for each $100,000 of a property’s value, he said.

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