MDES budget up 3.76 percent

MOUNT DESERT — A Mount Desert Elementary School budget of $4.5 million for 2019-2020 was adopted by the school committee last week.

The budget is $163,023 higher than the current year’s budget, an increase of 3.76 percent. Largely because of an anticipated hike in state funding for special education (see related story), the school’s budget calls for an increase in local taxpayer funding of only 1.09 percent. That would increase property taxes by $2.08 per $100,000 of valuation.

New items in next year’s budget include $26,841 for a telephone system upgrade and $13,795 for a keyless entry system to enhance security.

Salaries and benefits for teachers and staff account for 70.73 percent of the school’s budget.

Voters at the May 7 town meeting will have the final say on the school spending plan.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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