June 19, 2018
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Midcoast school district sends budget to voters

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — The Regional School Unit 40 board gave its approval last week to a $22.1 million spending package.

The budget represents an increase in spending of less than 1 percent but will require more than $200,000 in additional property taxes from the five towns in the school district.

The board voted April 11 to reinstate two part-time positions — one in music and another in art — that originally had been proposed for elimination.

The overall budget recommended by the board is $22,147,000, less than 1 percent ($136,000) more than the budget approved in 2012-2013. The district is projected to receive $109,000 less in state aid.

The amount of money to be assessed to the towns will be $12.9 million, about $234,000 more than this school year.

Waldoboro would pay the largest share at $4.6 million, about a $50,000 increase.

Warren would pay nearly $3.4 million, about a $70,000 increase.

Union would pay nearly $2 million, a few thousand dollars less than what it currently pays.

Friendship would pay the school district nearly $1.7 million, about $43,000 more than this school year.

And Washington will pay the smallest share at $1.3 million, about $25,000 more than in 2012-2103.

The districtwide budget meeting at which residents can vote and amend spending proposals is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

The validation referendum on whatever budget is adopted that night will be held at the polls in the five towns on Tuesday, June 11.

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