Tuesday vote determines future ownership of West Harpswell School

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HARPSWELL — In a referendum election next Tuesday, Harpswell voters will decide whether to take over the West Harpswell School building, or let School Administrative District 75 keep it.

There is only one question on the special town meeting ballot, which asks voters if they would accept transfer of ownership of the school property and appropriate $25,000 to cover maintenance costs until the March 2012 annual town meeting.

If the town votes no, SAD 75 will keep the building and all proceeds from any future sale. If the town votes yes, Harpswell keeps the school and can do with it as it sees fit. The town would initiate a process of deciding what to do with the school, but would have to pay to maintain it in the meantime.

According to a report by Town Administrator Kristi Eiane, if “mothballed” the school would cost the town $33,650 to maintain and $34,000 if minimally used.

Polls are open from 9:00 am to 8:00 p.m. There are three polling stations: Merriconeag Grange, the Old Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, and the Cundy’s Harbor Community Building.

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