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RSU 10 budget passes despite five towns defeating it
DIXFIELD -- Despite five of 12 members voting against it, the $35.1 million operating budget for RSU 10 passed on June 12.
The total was 1,856 to 1,346. Towns passing the budget were: Carthage, 22-19; Canton, 79-53; Hanover, 38-13; Mexico, 203-163; Peru, 332-227; Roxbury, 25-23; and Rumford, 725-360.
Defeating the measure budget were Buckfield, 174-155; Byron, 14-6; Dixfield, 142-138; Hartford, 97-83; and Sumner, 61-50.
The 2012-13 budget is about 3 percent more than this year's $34.1 million. To arrive at the $35 million figure, which is the first increase since former SADs 39, 21 and 43 merged three years ago, 29 full-time and seven part-time positions were eliminated.
Most of the the $1 million increase from 2011-12 to 2012-13 is attributed to fixed costs and increased fuel expenses.
According to statistics provided by school administration, the following school tax increases would be assessed on a home valued at $100,000: Buckfield, $88.22; Byron, $107.15; Canton, $15.37; Carthage, $101.11; Dixfield, $67.80; Hanover, $111.27; Hartford, $61.33; Mexico, $99.52; Peru, $20.83; Roxbury, $89.91; Rumford, $61.15; and Sumner, $24.77.
Superintendent Tom Ward said combining the three former school districts allowed the resulting larger school region to absorb about $1 million each year.
However, the state valuation of the 12 member towns rose about $45 million this year, which in turn triggered higher school taxes.
Supt. Tom Ward said the board and administration will begin efforts to try to reduce next year's budget when they meet on Monday to discuss ways to cut costs or make better use of the district's facilities. For example, they could change the uses of or close some of the region's 10 school buildings.
Some changes are expected by the beginning of the new school year.