BATH — A Regional School Unit 1 budget that would raise district-wide taxes 3.44 percent goes to a public hearing Monday, April 25.
The fiscal 2017 tax increase is down slightly from the 3.51 percent hike projected last month.
Since then, about $10,500 has been shaved from the nearly $28.3 million budget, the net result after a Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math, or STEAM, teacher at Morse High School was reduced from a full- to half-time position. A day of music was added, too, at Morse High School, according to RSU 1 Business Manager Debra Clark.
Next year’s budget could increase 3.4 percent, or $928,000. Offsetting revenues include $9.4 million in state subsidy, up about $53,000.
The $17.1 million in taxes assessed to the four member communities reflect a 3.44 percent, or about $569,000, increase. Bath’s share would be $9.7 million, up 3.45 percent; Arrowsic’s, nearly $508,000, a 12.27 percent hike; Phippsburg’s, $3 million, up about 1.71 percent, and Woolwich’s, $3.9 million, a 3.72 percent increase.
Salaries and benefits, which comprise 68 percent of the budget, could rise 3.4 percent to reach a total of $19.2 million.
Aside from the $45,000 STEAM position, two other new positions – averaging about $70,000 each including benefits – have been added: a middle school foreign language teacher, and a district-wide technology integration position.
The spending plan also includes approximately $58,000 toward increased time for an elementary school nurse. A part-time position is being replaced by a full-time employee, Clark said last month.
A public forum on the budget will be held at Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, at 6 p.m. Monday, April 27. Once approved by the RSU 1 Board of Directors, the budget undergoes two public votes: a district budget meeting May 31, and a budget validation referendum June 14.