2017-05-26 / Front Page

28 voters ratify SAD 75 budget

BY DARCIE MOORE
Times Record Staff

TOPSHAM

In just 30 minutes on Thursday, 28 voters at a School Administrative District 75 district budget meeting passed a $38 million spending plan for 2017-18.

School Board Finance Committee Chairwoman Holly Kopp said the budget process began more than six months ago and the committee has held approximately 18 meetings through presentations, community forums and workshops to gather feedback from voters.

The meeting Thursday allowed voters to act on the budget recommended by the SAD 75 school board, prior to moving it forward to the voters in Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham at a budget validation referendum on June 13.

“We feel this budget meets the needs of our students while also being fiscally responsible for our taxpayers,” Kopp said. “It represents a 1.6 percent increase over the current budget. Because of decreasing state subsidy, contributions from our district’s four towns are increasing by an average of 4.4 percent to offset the loss of state funding.”

Twenty articles passed without discussion. There was also no opposition except for Article 15, which drew one vote against the proposed appropriation of $7.9 million for additional local funds exceeding the state’s Essential Programs and Services allocation model by $7.3 million.

dmoore@timesrecord.com

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