WALDOBORO, Maine — About 100 residents gave their approval Tuesday night to a School Administrative District 40 budget that cuts several positions and requires additional property taxes from the five towns.
The $22,056,614 spending package now goes to the polls on Tuesday, June 12, in Waldoboro, Warren, Union, Washington and Friendship. At the polls, voters will either ratify or reject the proposed budget. If rejected, it would return to the school board and then back to a district meeting.
Business Manager Scott Wyman said the district budget meeting lasted for nearly two hours. On the only written ballot, to approve spending local funds above what the state considers necessary for essential services and programs, voters gave their approval 79-5.
The $22 million budget for 2012-2013 represents a 2.3 percent increase, or $567,000, in spending from the current year budget.
The budget calls for eliminating seven educational technician positions and a half-time language arts teacher from Medomak Valley High School.
Seventy percent of the school budget goes toward pay and benefits for employees. The board is negotiating a contract with teachers for next year.
Under the proposed SAD 40 budget, Waldoboro will pay the school district an additional $199,134 in 2012-2013, bringing its payments to the SAD to $4.5 million. Warren’s costs will increase $159,198, reaching $3.3 million. Friendship will pay an additional $64,332, reaching more than $1.6 million. Union will pay $56,343 more, reaching more than $1.9 million. Washington will see the least increase, paying an added $51,767, reaching nearly $1.3 million.