Bernice - I couldn't agree with you more. The residents of the 3 small towns of Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner recently joined RSU10, which includes the larger more liberal minded residents of Rumford & Mexico. The recent RSU10 budget, which reflected a 3% increase, but in reality for Buckfield represents will be an 8%+ increase in school taxes, was turned down by all 3 small towns of Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner. However, the largest towns in the new RSU10 voted overwhelmingly to approve this increased budget. Therefore, the small towns of Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner will continue to have our choices about how much we can afford on school budgets decided for us by the residents of these larger towns like Rumford & Mexico... where the percentage of homeowners (those who directly pay property taxes) and those who rent (those who do not directly pay property taxes) is much larger in the smaller towns like Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner - wonder if that is why these larger towns are so ready and willing to vote for tax increases that are shoved down the throats of the rest of us. There is a grassroots effort in place in these 3 towns to get out of RSU10 and I for one will support any fiscally sensible proposal.
Excellent points are made in this letter. I feel that the residents of Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner voiced their opinion of the RSU10 budget quite clearly on June 12 when these 3 towns all voted against it. However, Rumford being the largest town in RSU10 and voting overwhelmingly to support this budget decided for eveyone else that this increase would pass. I think many now realize that any savings from consolidation will never be realized. I encourage the taxpayers of Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner to stand up and say we have had enough! Let's pursue alternatives to RSU10 or we will be looking at these kind of tax increases on a yearly basis and our three small towns will have little say and larger towns like Rumford will continue to decide for us. We can do better!!
I find it very significant that the 3 towns of the former SAD#39; Buckfield, Hartford and Sumner, all voted solidly to reject the proposed RSU10 budget, which contains a 3% increase. In reality the increase for the taxpayers in these towns will be far more than 3%. The carryover funds (money left over from the dissolution of the former SAD#39) have been used over the past 3 years to offset local property taxes. That money is now gone and residents of these 3 towns are now feeling the full effect of the REAL amount of the RSU10 budget. If this budget is in fact approved by the majority of voters, it will be due in large part to the two largest towns of Rumford & Mexico, (the small town of Peru voting overwhelmingly to approve this budget was quite surprising), I hope everyone that voted yes in the district called their respective town office and was fully aware of what this will cost each taxpayer in each town and did not rely on figures previously printed in this newspaper and supplied by the RSU10 administration. Personally, the approval of this budget will cost me $200 more per year in property taxes and represents a 9% increase in my taxes. The residents of Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner have given up local control of our school district and what we pay for school based property taxes to larger towns 30-40 miles away in Rumford and Mexico. RSU10 administration is already talking about a regional high school in the next decade. Where do you suppose that regional high school will be built? Buckfield, Hartford or Sumner – not likely – it will be built in Rumford or Mexico where the majority of voters of RSU10 reside and we will then be sending our children 30-40 miles away to school every day. I for one think it is time for Buckfield, Hartford & Sumner to investigate a withdrawal from RSU10. Let’s take back local control of our schools and school based property taxes. I will be pushing for my town officials to pursue leaving RSU10.