Island school budget to head back to voters

Posted July 26, 2012, at 1:57 p.m.
Last modified July 28, 2012, at 9:45 a.m.

VINALHAVEN, Maine — Island residents will get another opportunity to decide on a trimmed school budget for 2012-2013.

The Vinalhaven School Board met Wednesday night and approved a budget of nearly $3.5 million for the upcoming school year. This is $45,000 less than the budget narrowly rejected at the polls on June 12.

Superintendent Lewis Collins said a district budget meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the school auditorium. At that meeting, those who attend can adopt or amend the budget recommended by the board.

And then on Tuesday, Sept. 4, a referendum will be held on the island at which voters will either accept or reject the budget developed at the Aug. 6 meeting.

The original budget was rejected 158-156 on June 12.

The superintendent said the board cut the athletic budget for the district by 10 percent and reduced some supplies to trim the $45,000.

He noted that the proposed budget results in no property tax increase and has no layoffs.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this article misstated the date of the budget meeting. It will be held on Aug. 22, not Aug. 6.

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