26 voters OK $9.8M budget


DIXFIELD – Twenty-six residents from three towns OK’d SAD 21’s proposed $9.8 million budget in 15 minutes Tuesday night at Dirigo High School.

Many of the voters were affiliated with SAD 21. Of those who voted, 12 were from Dixfield, 10 from Peru and four from Carthage. No Canton residents attended.

“When you have a low turnout without any issues, that’s usually a sign that the communities have been well-informed of the whole budget, and I think people here have a lot of confidence in their board of directors and administrators,” Superintendent Thomas Ward said after the meeting.

“I would have loved to have a bigger turnout, though,” he added.

All but Article 6 of the 10-article warrant were voted by a show of hands. Ward said Maine requires voting by secret ballot on an article that seeks to raise additional local funds.

Article 6 requested $1,465,534.68 in additional money, which exceeded Maine’s essential programs and services allocation model by $630,432.40 as required to fund the budget approved by SAD 21 directors. It was OK’d 26-0.

By the same tally, voters authorized the district to borrow up to $60,000 to buy a school bus.