Budget increase eases with savings

BAR HARBOR — Higher than expected state funding and lower than expected insurance hikes at Conners Emerson School will lead to a proposed municipal budget for next fiscal year that calls for a modest 1.4 percent rise in property taxes.

Town councilors and warrant committee members in a joint meeting on Tuesday recommended an approximate $21.7-million budget for fiscal year 2015 with little debate. If approved as proposed at town meeting in June, owners of median-valued homes, assessed at $276,700, will see a tax rise of $39 annually.

School officials now expect to receive $25,000 more from the state for the Conners Emerson School, while Bar Harbor’s contribution to the high school will be buffeted by $33,256 more from the state than expected.

On a further bright note for school funding, the projected 15 percent insurance rate increase at Conners Emerson School will be closer to 10 percent, allowing for $36,777 less in anticipated spending.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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