Voters to decide on third version of RSU 20 budget Tuesday

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, at 6:17 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Regional School Unit 20 residents vote Tuesday on whether to approve the third, slimmed-down version of the district’s budget.

The $33,389,902 budget that was adopted last week by some community members is less than 1 percent more than last school year’s budget but will result in the district’s eight towns having to raise an additional 10 percent in property taxes because of decreases in state aid.

Residents of Belfast, Belmont, Morrill, Northport, Searsmont, Searsport, Stockton Springs and Swanville will vote at the polls in each community on the newest version of the budget.

“We recognize that our citizens are experiencing increasing financial pressure due to changes in our economy and changes in economic policy at the state and federal level,” RSU 20 administrators wrote in a letter to citizens of the district urging them to adopt the budget. “In the coming year, we will be researching and planning ways to make our school system more efficient, while still maintaining high-quality programming for our students.”

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