ROCKPORT, Maine — The Five-Town Community School District board has approved a 2012-2013 budget that cuts spending by nearly 1 percent.
Reductions in state and federal aid, however, will mean some towns still will have to raise more money to support the high school.
The CSD covers the high school that serves Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope and Appleton.
The budget totals $11,178,326, a decrease of less than 1 percent, or $79,235.
Superintendent William Shuttleworth said the budget makes no changes in the number of staff. The budget includes negotiated pay increases and increases in health insurance costs. Cuts in spending included lowering transportation costs by not purchasing a bus in 2012-2013.
Three of the towns in the CSD will be assessed more next year while two will see decreases. Camden will see the largest increase as the community will pay nearly $3.5 million to the CSD, up more than 2 percent or $78,000. Rockport will pay nearly $3.4 million, up 2 percent or $69,000. Appleton will pay nearly $375,000, up nearly 9 percent or $30,000.
Hope will see its school costs drop nearly 6 percent or $32,000, bringing its annual payments to nearly $517,000. Lincolnville will pay nearly $1.6 million, a 1 percent or $17,000 reduction.
The SAD 28 budget — which covers the kindergarten through grade eight programs for Camden and Rockport — will be acted on Wednesday evening by the SAD 28 board at the Camden-Rockport Elementary School and then also go to voters.
The annual districtwide budget meeting for SAD 28 will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School. The CSD budget meeting will begin at 7 that night at the same place. At that meeting, registered voters of the towns can make changes to the budget.
The amounts approved at the May 29 meeting then will be presented in the form of referendum questions to residents of the member towns. The residents will be able to either approve or reject the amounts at the polls on Tuesday, June 12.