HERMON, Maine — Residents will be asked in the weeks ahead to consider budget proposals for school and municipal operations in the coming fiscal year.
First up is the school budget plan for 2015-16, which will be the subject of a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hermon Middle School gym.
If adopted as is, the education spending plan will require $4,412,775 in local tax dollars, up $249,431 — or nearly 6 percent — from this year’s local share of $4,163,344, according to information provided to town officials by Superintendent Patricia Duran.
The rising budget primarily is due to increased costs for employee benefits, wages and salaries, as well as the lease of a portable classroom, the hiring of three additional full-time teachers and part-time finance staff, the purchase of a new school bus and an increase for career and technical education.
In his annual budget overview, Town Manager Roger Raymond noted that the increased local portion of the school budget translates to an increase of 0.54 per $1,000 in property valuation.
Voters will be asked to validate the school budget via a referendum on June 9, at which time town councilors and school board members also will be elected. The polls at Hermon Elementary School will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The proposed $4,025,381 municipal budget is down $34,481 from this year, despite a 4.83 percent increase in the county tax, set at $590,255 for the coming year, Raymond said.
It will go before voters during the annual town meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. June 11 in the Hermon High School auditorium.
For more information about Hermon’s elections and town meeting, visit the town’s website at hermon.net.