FARMINGTON — The town meeting-style vote on the $29.7 million Mt. Blue Regional School District budget is set for Thursday, June 6.

The budget is up 2.7 percent from last year.

District voters will consider the budget articles and have the option to increase or decrease proposed amounts during the 7p.m. meeting at Mt. Blue High School.

The budget approved at the meeting will then face a June 11 referendum to validate the proposed budget on June 11 in the district’s ten communities. They are Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple, Vienna, Weld and Wilton. Voting times will vary by town, according to Leanne Condon, assistant superintendent/director of curriculum.

More than 78 percent of the budget is for salaries and benefits. The budget also includes money for renovating the Cascade Brook playground, fixing the leaning retaining wall at Academy Hill School, installing a biomass boiler to reduce heating costs, adding two custodial positions for the larger Mt. Blue campus and for water and sewer increases at the Mt. Blue campus.

Superintendent Michael Cormier said at a previous board meeting that the final budget total depended on whether the state decides to pass along retirement costs to the school district. If the proposed budget was not anticipating those costs being passed along, it would be $29.4 million, up 1.7 percent from the current budget.

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