SCARBOROUGH – Taxpayers in Scarborough shrugged off the promise of higher taxes Tuesday, approving a $37.4 million school budget by a vote of 683-585.
A second question asked voters whether the budget was too high (592), too low (297) or acceptable (368).
New Superintendent Dr. George Entwistle III called his first budget a “correction year,” saying the district had budgeted too close to the bone in recent years. Spending for next year is up $1.7 million, with a $2.9 million hike in the amount covered by local property taxes – thanks to the expiration of federal jobs bill money. However, school budget director Kate Bolton pointed out that even with the increase, Scarborough still spends less than the states “essential programs and services” budget model predicts it should spend to be on par with the state’s “high performing” school districts.
Combined with municipal spending and county taxes, the property tax rate in Scarborough is expected to be up 90 cents to $13.93 per $1,000 of property valuation. For the owner of the median single-family home in Scarborugh, valued at $300,000, that's will cost an extra $270.