Marcus Whitman voters presented with $33.3 million proposed budget

An increase of $1.3 million— or 4 percent — is called for in the proposed $33.3 million budget being put Tuesday to voters in the Marcus Whitman (Gorham-Middlesex) Central School District.

Voters last year approved a $32 million spending plan.

To support the budget, the district is proposing a tax levy of $14.3 million, a 2.31 percent increase from the 2017-18 levy approved levy of $13.95 million. The actual dollar amount difference is $322,065, bringing the percentage of increase below the tax cap of 2.37 percent, calculated according to a complex state formula.

That translates, according to a district brochure, to an estimated tax increase of 30 cents — from $13.30 to $13.60 — per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which may change when the new assessments and equalization rates are released later this year.

“As a rural district, we continue to grow options and pathways for graduation and meeting the needs of our students,” says a joint budget message by Board of Education president Sheila Brown and Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman. “We continue to prepare our students for anything, be it local jobs or careers taking them around the world. The investment in education for our students is worth it as we rely on today’s students leading us into the future.”

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