SALEM TOWNSHIP — Thirty-four voters Tuesday approved a proposed $9.37 million budget for Regional School Unit 58.

Since legislators have not finalized the state budget, school districts do not know what their state subsidies will be.

Superintendent Susan Pratt said the state’s current funding plan could provide the district with an extra $186,000, but she couldn’t guarantee that amount.

There are no frills in this year’s lean spending plan, Pratt said. “We’re spending our money on students.”

One new expenditure is the first payment on a loan to make state-mandated improvements at Mt. Abram High School and Phillips Elementary School. Both buildings don’t meet state codes, including those of the Americans With Disabilities Act and fire suppression requirements.

The loan, approved by voters on April 25, will be paid back in annual installments of $57,111 over 10 years without interest.


Three towns will see their share of the budget increase, based on the state’s assessment of their most recent property valuations.

Avon will pay an additional $391; Strong an extra $921; and Phillips will get hit the hardest, with a $9,665 increase.

Kingfield, which had been assessed the largest share in past years, will see a reduction of $7,630.

If the district receives more state money than expected, it will be used to reduce assessments to the towns.

The board voted to take $493,000 from unassigned funds to reduce the burden on taxpayers.

Voters will go to the polls June 13 to decide whether to validate the budget approved Tuesday night.

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