BATH — Voters in Regional School Unit 1 approved a $33.9 million spending plan at the polls Tuesday.

In Bath, 124 voters supported the budget, while 23 voted against it. Another 55 voters marked “yes” on their ballots in Woolwich, where 24 voters opposed the school budget. Just 33 people in Phippsburg cast ballots, backing the budget 29-4. Arrowsic had even fewer voters and approved the RSU 1 budget 22-0.

The $33.9 million budget is up $3.8 million, or 12.55%, due largely to $3.4 million in debt service toward the construction of a new Morse High School. The district anticipates $13.1 million in state subsidy, $2.3 million of which will go toward debt service payments. The remaining $18.7 million that will be raised through taxes is a 2.28% increase.

Bath will be taxed $10.7 million, an increase of 2.84%; Phippsburg will pay nearly $3 million (an increase of 0.17%), and Woolwich will pay $4.4 million, which is a 3.99% increase. Arrowsic will pay $494,000, a decrease of 10%. 

At the districtwide budget meeting held last month, voters at the town meeting-style proceeding voted to add to the proposed budget more than $118,800 for the Bath Career and Technical Center, which RSU 1 administrators expect to be matched by state funding, and $50,000 for a full-time social worker at Woolwich Central School.

Voters also decided to continue the budget validation referendum process in RSU 1 for another three years. If the question has been voted down, the budget process would end with the district-wide budget meeting, without requiring voters to go to the polls to approve the school board’s budget.

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