Town Meeting Preview: CalaisFebruary 19,2013
Proposed $1,915,479 — $449,073 , or 30.6 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,466,406.
Proposed $833,042 — $145,138 , or 21.1 percent, more than this year’s budget of $687,904. Includes $58,362 for an equipment loan payment, $30,000 increase for garage payments and $20,000 increase for bridges and culverts.
Elementary school budget
$1,917,730 — $103,610 , or 5.7 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,814,120. Includes $68,146 increase in salaries.
Union high school budget
Proposed $14,101,074 – $506,862, or 3.73 percent, more than this year’s budget of $13,594,212.
Budget reflects a $140,389 reduction in the debt service payment on the school bond and $398,058 in increased costs associated with negotiated salaries and benefits for the faculty and staff at U-32 High School. Transportation costs are expected to climb by almost $37,000 and the budget includes funding for a paraeducator and several part-time positions.
The fate of the U-32 budget will be collectively decided by voters in Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester. The U-32 School Board has scheduled a public information meeting on March 4 at 6 p.m. in Room 131 at the high school.
To see if the town will appropriate the sum of $12,875 for the use of the Woodbury Fire Department for its truck replacement fund.
To see if the town will appropriate an amount not to exceed $25,000 for a new roof for the Town Hall.
Incumbent Charlotte Hanna Bassage is facing challenger Yvonne Lamberton Quelch for a three-year term as elementary school director.
Emily Fair and Chauntelle Eckhaus are vying for a two-year term as elementary school director.
Paul M. Grant, Rose Pelchuck and Ellie Tobin Stubbs are vying for a three-year seat on the Select Board.
Calais residents will gather for a floor meeting at Town Hall at 10 a.m. on March 5 to vote on money matters. Election of town officials will take place by Australian ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
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