TOPSHAM — The School Administrative District 75 budget for fiscal 2013 goes to the first of two district-wide votes on Thursday, May 24.

The $33.4 million spending plan, approved by the School Board April 26, is down $817,000, or 2.4 percent, from this year. It eliminates almost 25 jobs.

The amount to be assessed through taxes would be $18.8 million, a hike of about $98,000, or 0.5 percent. Business Manager Steve Dyer has said it is SAD 75’s first tax increase in four years.

Topsham’s assessment would decrease 3.6 percent to $7.5 million, due to a drop in its state valuation. SAD 75’s other three towns would see increased assessments: Harpswell, 2.31 percent to $6.6 million; Bowdoin, nearly 6 percent to $2.2 million, and Bowdoinham, 4.45 percent to $2.4 million.

The May 24 district budget meeting will be held at the Orion Performing Arts Center on Republic Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The budget validation referendum will follow a week later on May 31.

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