Voters across the region will consider school budgets at the polls on Tuesday.


A $28.4 million school budget goes to city voters in a referendum for validation in Tuesday’s elections.

The budget is up 2.7 percent from the current year. It would require about $800,000 more in property taxes.

The school board approved the school budget in March.

City councilors approved it as part of their approval of the overall $54.9 million city and school budget May 28. The combined budget is expected to increase property taxes by 3.9 percent.


Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

• Ward 1: Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave.

• Ward 2: Augusta City Center, 16 Cony St.

• Ward 3: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive

• Ward 4: Cony High School, 60 Pierce Drive

RSU 2 — Monmouth, Richmond, Farmingdale, Hallowell and Dresden


The district’s board is proposing a $25.9 million budget that is up approximately 2 percent, or $500,000, over the current year and would raise taxes by roughly 4 percent in each community.

The increase is driven by $550,000 more in required raises for employees; $200,000 more for medical treatment outlined in individualized education programs for certain special education students under Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor; and $115,000 more for capital improvements. It also would move five teachers from part-time to full-time status and add $50,000 in spending on sports and other activities.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

• Monmouth: Cumston Hall at 796 Main St.

• Richmond High School at 132 Main St.

• Farmingdale: Hall-Dale Middle School gym at 111 Maple St.


• Hallowell: Hall-Dale Elementary School at 26 Garden Lane

• Dresden Fire Department at 314 Patterson Road

RSU 11 — Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph and West Gardiner

Voters at the May 26 regional budget meeting approved the $22.8 million budget proposed by the school board. If not including a grant for energy efficiency upgrades, the budget is less than half a percent higher than what voters approved last year.

But an expected $500,000 drop in state aid contributed to proposed increases of around 5 percent in each community, leading to expected tax increases of between $48 and $60 for $100,000 of assessed value in the communities based on current tax rates.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:


• Gardiner: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gardiner at 14 Pray St.

• Pittston: Pittston town office at 38 Whitefield Road

• Randolph: Randolph town office at 121 Kinderhook St.

• West Gardiner: Fire station at 318 Spears Corner Road

RSU 12 — Chelsea, Whitefield, Windsor, Palermo, Somerville, Alna and Westport Island

Voters at the May 19 regional budget meeting approved the proposed $20.27 million budget, which is about 3 percent higher than the budget approved last year.


Some of the towns will see their shares increase more dramatically because a cost-sharing formula approved in 2012 is still being phased in. Somerville will see its contribution increase by 11.5 percent if the proposed budget is approved, Windsor’s share will increase by 11.1 percent and Palermo’s share will increase by 8.4 percent. Whitefield and Chelsea will both see their shares increase by around 3 percent, Alna’s share will drop by less than 1 percent and Westport Island’s share will drop by around 14 percent.

Polls will be open at the following locations:

• Chelsea: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chelsea Elementary School at 566 Togus Road

• Whitefield: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Whitefield Fire & Rescue Station on Townhouse Road

• Windsor: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office at 523 Ridge Road

• Palermo: 2-7 p.m. at town office at 45 North Palermo Road


• Somerville: 3-7 p.m. at the town office at 72 Sand Hill Road

• Alna: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alna Fire Station at 1579 Alna Road

• Westport Island: noon-8 p.m. at Town Hall at 1217 Main Road

RSU 38 — Manchester, Mt. Vernon, Readfield and Wayne

Voters will be asked to ratify a budget of almost $16 million for the upcoming school year that was adopted May 13 at a regional meeting. The amount represents a 2.27 percent increase or about $360,000 over the current year’s budget.

The budget requires the four towns to raise differing amounts of money to support it:


• Manchester: $2.5 million

• Mount Vernon: $2 million

• Readfield: $2.2 million

• Wayne: $1.3 million.

Polls are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in each town. Manchester polls are located at the Manchester Fire Station, Mount Vernon at the Community Center at 2 Main St., Readfield at the Town Office, and Wayne at the Ladd Recreation Center.


Residents will vote on a school budget set to increase about $600,000 to $10.8 million, but that will translate into just a $59,000 increase in property taxes thanks to an additional $400,000 the schools will receive from the state due in large part to increased enrollments.

The budget includes spending on key programs, including gifted and talented for kindergarten through 12th grade and foreign language at the elementary and middle schools.

Voting will take place 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office, 17 Highland Ave.

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