The pared-down Regional School Unit 9 budget will go to a full budget meeting Tuesday and, if it passes, will go to a referendum in the district’s 10 towns next week.

A $32,043,907 budget was finalized at a meeting last week, down from the $32.25 million package rejected by voters June 9. It’s about $1 million more than last year’s budget.

The budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington.

With the state budget passing, Superintendent Tom Ward said at the July 7 meeting at which the $32 million budget was finalized, the district’s towns will get $301,000 back in the form of property tax relief. Add that to $206,000 in budget reductions the board found, and the district is facing a 3.2 percent increase instead of a 3.9 percent increase from the first proposed budget.

The effect of increases per community is Chesterville, $72,437; Farmington, $316,305; Industry, $61,775; New Sharon, $73,896; New Vineyard, $63,004; Starks, 29,163; Temple, $30,903; Vienna, $60,833; Wilton, $189,350; and Weld, $43,217.

If the budget is approved, the referendum will be held July 28 in the 10 towns.


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