KITTERY, Maine – The fiscal year 2018 school budget was unanimously recommended to pass at the Town Council meeting on Monday night.
The total budget of more than $16.6 million represents a 2.95 percent increase from the FY17 budget. In order to reduce the burden on taxpayers, the district proposed carrying roughly $445,000 forward from reserve accounts leftover from FY16. The budget will reallocate $200,000 from the special education reserve account to also help offset the cost to taxpayers.
The approved budget will call for a 3.35 percent increase to taxpayers. However, if Kittery’s minimum receiver subsidies from the state come in at the expected $200,000, the impact on taxpayers would be reduced to 1.97 percent, according to Hutton.
By Alex LaCasse