|Cost sharing is of
particular concern to communities because it has the potential to shift the
cost of providing education from one community to another. There are two parts of the budgeted costs.
|One is the portion
of costs that come under Maine’s Essential Programs and Services (EPS), which
has determined the estimated cost of providing students with a basic
education. The state bases its aid to
support the education of students within a community based upon an EPS
funding model, which is developed to include property valuations and number
of students. This formula provides
less aid to towns that have high property valuations and more aid to towns
with low property valuations. This
portion of cost sharing is determined by the state and cannot be changed.
communities, there are additional local costs above EPS. These are costs that exceed what the state
estimates to be the cost of educating students within our towns. The RPC
could have elected to use the EPS model for sharing these additional costs
across the RSU; however, it would have resulted in shifting the costs to
communities with high-value residential property. The RPC elected to adopt an approach that
would result in no cost shifts between communities.
|The RPC decided
that the responsibility of each community would be based upon its current
percent of the combined FY 2009 budgets.
This means that if we combined budgets and a municipality’s current
budget represented 35 percent of the combined budget, the municipality would
be responsible for 35 percent of the new RSU budget.
|Changes in the
cost sharing formula for the RSU may be changed only by a majority vote of
resident voters within the RSU.