Music cut protestors fail to sway council



BAR HARBOR — For the second time in two weeks, residents protesting a planned cut to the Conners Emerson School music program failed to sway officials to change course.

Town councilors ultimately approved and forwarded to the warrant committee a proposed $23.2-million budget for fiscal year 2015. If approved by voters at town meeting in June, the budget would require a property tax rate increase of 2 percent, costing the owner of an average, $277,000 home an additional $57 per year.

Councilor Christopher Walsh, who moved unsuccessfully to reinstate the proposed $24,000 reduction to the school budget, agreed that town meeting was the most appropriate venue for making the change.

Several residents spoke Tuesday against the proposed cut, which would eliminate music theory classes for grades seven and eight.

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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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