CAMDEN, Maine — The first draft of a 2015-2016 budget for the Camden-Rockport school system calls for an increase in taxes of nearly 3 percent.
The administration presented the preliminary budget Wednesday night to the School Administrative District 28 Board. Superintendent Elaine Nutter stressed this was an early version of the budget and changes are likely.
The $12,874,000 budget represents a 2.2 percent increase in spending from the approved 2014-2015 budget of $12,511,000. Property taxes would need to increase 2.9 percent to support the budget.
One of the variables for the upcoming year are labor contracts. Contracts with teachers and other staff expire at the end of the current school year. Nutter said the budget includes a 1 percent increase in salary accounts. The increase in health insurance is pegged at 8 percent, though the district will not hear about changes in costs from its insurer until next month.
Because of enrollment, the budget includes an additional middle school teacher and an additional alternative education teacher.
The budget includes $130,000 for maintenance for the Camden-Rockport Middle School but no significant money for renovations the board has said are needed. The budget was developed before Tuesday’s rejection by voters of a referendum seeking $28 million for a new middle school and other improvements.
The SAD 28 budget funds kindergarten through eighth grade. The Five-Town Community School District budget that finances the high school for the two towns, Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville has not yet been presented to that board.