I'll refrain from commenting on the appropriateness of the $36.5 million budget for RSU 10. However, as a resident of Sumner, I fear Mr. Ward may have been mistaken in his assertion that the school district may operate on, and consequently draw taxes for, the budget approved at Thursday's district meeting.
In the towns I report on for The Current (South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough), schools can not operate on a budget approved by town/city councils until something is approved at the budget validation referendum. Instead, the are allowed to operate on the last budget approved at referendum, the previous year.
Granted the governing systems are different - municipal departments vs. RSUs, town council as the legislative body, vs. a public district meeting - but the principle is the same. Simple common sense on the question should prevail, as well. After all, if taxes are collected on a higher budget that is never approved at referendum, do we, as taxpayers, get a refund when a smaller spending plan finally passes?
But, please, don't rely on my word, or common sense. Let's look at the relevant state statute. Per M.R.S.A 20-A, section 1487:
"If a budget for the operation of a regional school unit is not approved prior to July 1st, the latest budget approved at a regional school unit budget meeting and submitted to voters for validation at a referendum in accordance with section 1486 is automatically considered the budget for operational expenses for the ensuing year until a final budget is approved . . . "
Well, here's a story that failed to live up to the promise of its headline. I had wondered what the beaten man had done that would cause the Farmington man to charge after him. ::snark::
My, what fine rhetorical skills you have. Obviously, on par with your reading comprehension.
Eddie said there must be an option, although he's decided a signed option is not "a deal." The person interviewed by the Advertiser said there's been no deal, no option, and not even so much as a final site selection.
So, kinda the opposite.