WEST PARIS — West Paris Select Board has joined the towns of Paris and Oxford in issuing a public notice urging residents to vote against the $51.7 million Maine School Administrative Unit budget referendum on June 11.

The two board members present, chair John Eli White and Wade Rainey, unanimously voted to “not support” the budget and approved the notice which urges voters to vote “no” because of “the unprecedented MSAD #17 budget increase.”

Select board member Shawn Boutilier was absent.

If the budget passes, West Paris’ MSAD 17 assessment will be $1,487,864.06, an increase of $299,638.06 or 79.86%, the notice explains.

“To be clear, the West Paris Selectboard support the functions of MSAD #17 and recognize the importance of delivering quality education,” the notice says. “The West Paris Board of Selectmen simply ask that MSAD #17 produce a more realistic and fiscally responsible budget.”

The town of West Paris is still under a boil order for its water “out of an abundance of caution,” White said.

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Town Manager Joy Downing said the Maine Drinking Water Program has been testing the water at the town office.

A May 28 update from the West Paris Water District says it is “still actively working on resolving (these) issues.”

“The tank has been inspected and the system is waiting on the report to determine next steps,” the update reads. “(We) have hired a contractor to install the Soda Ash and the required Chlorine, it has been approved by the (Drinking Water Program).”

The update further says that the contractor is “waiting on parts and equipment to install and complete the work.”

 The West Paris Select Board will next meet at 5 p.m. June 13.

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