SAD 52 voters approve budget hike for 2010-11 school year


TURNER — Voters living in Greene, Leeds and Turner turned out to support their local schools Tuesday, approving a budget for the 2010-11 school year by a margin of more than 2-1.

“Our communities have been very supportive of this school system and the educational system,” said Darlene Burdin, superintendent of SAD 52. “And we value that ongoing support.”

The referendum passed by a vote of 266-118, Burdin said. The budget reflects a 0.15 percent increase in the overall budget, from $22.61 million this year to $22.64 million next year — an increase of $33,323. Burdin said that equals an increase of between $75 and $135 on every $100,000 of property value.

In Greene, the increase amounts to about a $75 increase per $100,000 of property valuation. Leeds residents will see a tax increase of about $112 per $100,000. And residents of Turner will see a increase of about $135 per $100,000.

The increase in taxes will help offset a decrease in state aid, Burdin said, adding that the district will lose more than $943,000 in state aid next year.

Also approved Tuesday was a vote to continue the validation referendum process for another three years. Burdin said that means voters will continue to vote on the school budget process. The measure passed 209-173, Burdin said.