SAD 51 budget goes to Cumberland, North Yarmouth residents

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CUMBERLAND — Residents will decide at the annual budget meeting on Thursday, June 3, whether to accept or amend a $28 million fiscal 2011 budget for School Administrative District 51.

Cumberland and North Yarmouth voters will approve or reject the final spending plan in a budget validation referendum on June 8.

If approved, next year’s budget will remain flat for the third year in a row. It cuts nearly 20 jobs and accounts for a $1.25 million revenue loss, including a reduction of about $750,000 in state subsidy.

The tax assessment to Cumberland would increase more than $900,000, to $11.8 million, reflecting an addition of 70 cents, or 4.8 percent, per $1,000 of property valuation. North Yarmouth would experience a more than $350,000 hike, to $4.7 million, which would add 62 cents to the tax rate, for an approximately 5 percent increase.

The fiscal budget saves more than $121,000 by moving third-graders from the Drowne Road School to the Mabel I. Wilson School. The district’s Sustainability Task Force recommended the change, and it called for the seeking of proposals for uses of the building that will be self-sustaining and consistent with the district’s mission.

The June 3 budget meeting will be held in the Greely High School gym, 303 Main St., at 7 p.m.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.