law imposes penalties on communities that vote against joining an RSU. The penalties
for the entire RSU will total an estimated $747,000. The cost on a community basis were listed in the flyer that was mailed to each
unit that votes against reorganization in one referendum can develop another reorganization plan and hold another referendum. The unit can avoid penalties if it approves reorganization by referendum no later than
January 30, 2009 and is operational as a
regional unit by July 1, 2009.
are monetary costs but there are other factors that voters need to keep in
mind. School unions that have provided the structure for central offices
serving the communities within the union
will no longer exist. This will mean
the loss of the central office and the loss
of shared resources. Such services will
have to be contracted for separately unless
new inte-local agreements are developed among participating municipalities.
means that when you are making your decision of whether or not to join the proposed RSU, you need to consider the state penalty
which is an annual penalty, and it will be
adjusted for inflation.
addition, you need to consider the savings foregone. These are also annual savings.
also need to consider the cost of providing the central office functions
individually as well as the potential cost
of loss of state support for construction and renovation.
the RSU when you look at the savings of $301,000 plus the penalties of
$747,000, here is an annual cost of about a
million dollars associated with voting against consolidation.