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  • Letter: No deal in Scarborough

    Contrary to recent public statements and reports in the press, the Scarborough Education Association never agreed to a 0 percent salary increase and there never was an agreement with the Scarborough Board of Education to freeze salaries for next year. In the course of contract negotiations, we...

  • RSU 1's second budget gets green light from voters

    BATH — Voters from Regional School Unit 1's five communities approved a $25 million fiscal 2010 budget by 424-141 at referendum on Tuesday. The votes per community went as follows: Bath, 124-22; Arrowsic, 38-4; Phippsburg, 122-50; West Bath, 66-44; and Woolwich, 74-21. "I...

  • Yarmouth council sends budget, 1.86% tax hike to voters

    YARMOUTH — Town Councilors on Thursday approved a $31.2 million total budget for fiscal year 2010. The budget will increase the tax rate by 1.86 percent over this year, and residents will pay $19.53 for every $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 36 cents.

  • Scarborough council gives $450K back to schools, approves budget

    SCARBOROUGH — A determination to hold the line on municipal spending and debate with the School Board over its proposed spending led to the approval Wednesday of a fiscal 2010 budget that maintains this year's property tax rate of $12.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. The final fig...

  • Public speaks out against Scarborough school budget cuts

    SCARBOROUGH — About a hundred people crowded into Town Council Chambers for Wednesday night's budget hearing. During nearly two hours of public comment, 32 people addressed the Finance Committee's recommended cuts of more than $800,000 to the school budget. Of those who spoke, onl...

  • Portland budget expected to get panel's nod

    PORTLAND — The Finance Committee was expected Tuesday night to forward a $189 million city budget to the full City Council for approval. The committee instructed city staff to find $137,000 in cuts to the budget City Manager Joe Gray proposed earlier this month, in order to keep t...

  • Cape Elizabeth budget eliminates local emergency dispatch

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council on Monday approved an $8.5 million fiscal 2010 budget that includes regionalization of emergency dispatch service. The budget represents a 3 percent decrease from this year. Dispatch will join Portland and South Portland for an anticipated savings...

  • Committee promises adjustments in Scarborough budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The Town Council's Finance Committee had a chilly response to the School Department's presentation last week in its first examination of the fiscal 2010 budget. In a full-day meeting on April 10, Chairman Shawn Babine,  Ron Ahlquist and Richard Sullivan went throug...

  • Cumberland combines fire, EMS; OKs $8M muni budget

    CUMBERLAND — A municipal budget of $8 million was approved Monday after a public hearing where there was no public comment. Although 16 members of the fire and rescue departments were in the audience during a discussion of the reunification of those departments – a key part of t...

  • Third try at SAD 51 budget brings 0% increase

    Deans, school cop in jeopardy; pay-to-play likely CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 officials presented a flat budget to a public hearing Tuesday, down from the 2.56 percent increase detailed last week. The 2.56 percent increase was down from an i...