News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 22, 2021
Castine town, school budgets down slightly

by Eli Forman

On Saturday, May 8, Castine voters will have a chance to weigh in on the 2021-22 municipal and school budgets.

Residents will once again take their distanced seats at Maine Maritime Academy’s Fieldhouse beginning at 8:30 a.m. This year, votes will be cast for 36 town warrant articles and 21 school warrant articles.

On the municipal side of things, the upcoming budget totals $2,312,209. This is down from last year by $138, or 0.0059 percent. The amount residents will be expected to pony up from taxation is $1,595,537, a difference of $716,672.

That cash comes from various state assistance, grants, excise taxes and several annual contributions from Maine Maritime Academy.

Notable articles on the warrant include one asking voters whether they wish to change the name of an island in the Bagaduce River currently marked on charts as Negro Island, one for $6,800 for maintenance on Backshore Pond and a request for $239,385 for Witherle Memorial Library.

On the school side, the budget is down by 0.05 percent or $718 from last year, coming in at $1,482,656. This is despite hiring an additional position.

At town meeting, voters will be asked whether they wish to apply a $75,000 carry forward from last year’s school budget to “help the revenue side,” said Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt.