SAD 52 voters pass $22.9M budget


Townspeople in Greene, Leeds and Turner approved a SAD 52 budget of $22.9 million for the upcoming school year by a vote of 103-70.

The breakdown by community in Tuesday’s vote was:

* Greene, 11-17;

* Leeds, 30-24;

* Turner 62-29.

The spending plan reflects an increase of $254,887 (1.13 percent) over the current year. The result will be a tax increase to the communities of 3.95 percent, Superintendent Darlene Burdin said Wednesday.

She said the local share — the amount to be raised by taxpayers in the three towns — was $9.06 million last year and will be $9.4 million this year. The breakdown of the overall increase by community is Greene, $132,049; Leeds, $60,449; and Turner, $165,067.

The difference includes the budget increase, as well as revenue losses totaling $102,678, Burdin said. The district got $2,678 less in General Purpose Aid to Education from the state and will not see a repeat of the $100,000 in carryover from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding it got in 2009, she said.