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Minutes of the Special Town Meeting

August 14, 2008

Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs called the meeting to order at the Lamoine Fire Station at 7:07 pm. Ballot Clerks Bill Butler and Diane Sanderson checked in approximately 113 registered voters.

ARTICLE 1: To choose a moderator to preside over said meeting. (Election, by state law, must be by written ballot). Harvey Kelley was nominated and 2nd . A written ballot elected Mr. Kelley 3-0. Mr. Kelley swore his oath of office to Town Clerk Kovacs. Mr. Kelley established that he would operate according to the Maine Moderator's Manual. Mr. Kelley asked if people would like to speak please come up to the microphones so people in back could hear as well as the people watching at home. Christina Maguire Harding made a brief statement for the Board about the budget being proposed. She asked the voters not to make amendments toward the proposed budget.

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to cause to be extracted approximately 200-yards of gravel from town owned property (Map 1 Lot 58) for the purposes of constructing a playground at the Lamoine Consolidated School .

It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. Without discussion the motion passed on a hand vote.

EDUCATION ARTICLES

ARTICLES 3 THROUGH 13 AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURES IN COST CENTER CATEGORIES

ARTICLE 3: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Regular Instruction. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $1,348,488.46)

It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. John Walls made a brief statement about educating the children so they are ready to enter High School. Christina Maguire Harding explained the new cuts in the proposed budget. Patricia Wyshak asked what the amount on 200,000.00 home would be in dollars. Stuart Marckoon explained that the mill rate would be about 8.9 which, compared to the last budget, would lower the tax bill by about $20.00. Mrs. Butler made comments how the budget cuts would affect the children. The motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 4: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Special Education. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $380,564.24) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. Mary Henry asked what would happen if this budget was voted down at Town Meeting. Mrs. Maguire Harding explained that the process would start all over again. Mrs. Henry asked what would happen if the budget was increased. Mrs. Maguire Harding answered that when the advisory question was done at the last validation most people felt the budget was too high and the board feels they have reach a budget in the middle. Jo Cooper made a statement about passing the budget and beginning the School year. The motion passed as recommended by a hand vote.

ARTICLE 5: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $0.00) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. The Motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 6: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Other Instruction. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $19,557.52)

It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. The Motion passed as recommended by a hand vote.

ARTICLE 7: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Student and Staff Support . ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $51,332.87)

It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. Mr. Boothby explained that if guidance was needed counselors would be available. The Motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 8: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for System Administration. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $73,557.86) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. There was a brief discussion on what budget would be used if this proposed budget fails at Validation. Boothby explained that the last budget approved at Town Meeting would be the operating budget. The Motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 9: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for School Administration . ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $81,438.00) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. Three was discussion about consolidation, and whether the new school district, would utilize a part time principal. The Motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 10: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Transportation and Buses. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $138,141.00) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. The Motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 11: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Facilities. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $127,517.21) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. The Motion passed as recommended on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 12: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for Debt Services and Other Commitments. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $0.00) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. There was as discussion about consolidation and it the students would still have choice for High School. The Motion passed on a hand vote.

ARTICLE 13: To see what sum the Town will be authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures. ( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $24,500.00 ) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. The Motion passed as recommended on a hand vote.

ARTICLES 14 THROUGH 16 RAISE FUNDS FOR THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET

ARTICLE 14: To see what sum the Town will appropriate for the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the Town will raise as the Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

(The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend a total of $1,675,186.36 with a local contribution of $1,496,020.00 and a state contribution of $179,166.36.)

Explanation: The Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars .

It was moved and 2nd to pass the article with the recommended amount. Mr. Boothby urged voters to approve of the proposed budget even though it might not be what everyone wants but he believes they have reached a middle ground. Mr. Bridgham explained that if you cut the budget you will also cut the State's contribution. There was a brief discussion on the Regional School Unit Budget Process and proposed budget. Douglas Stewart called to question it was moved and 2nd and passed on a hand vote. The original motion passed on a counted vote of 84 yes 4 no.

ARTICLE 15: (Written ballot required) To see what sum the Town will raise and appropriate in additional local funds , which exceeds the State's Essential Programs and Services allocation model.

The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $551,710.80 for additional local funds and give the following reasons for exceeding the State's Essential Programs and Services funding model by $510,978.17: The Essential Programs and Services funding formula, as implemented under LD #1 and LD #499, is structured to reward larger, more urban districts and penalize smaller and more rural districts with the policy objective of persuading the smaller districts to consolidate. If student enrollments remain static or decline, and/or property valuations continue to increase at a rate faster than the state average, the formula will calculate lower EPS total allocations and/or higher local contributions.

Explanation: The additional local funds are those locally raised funds over and above the Town's local contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, and local amounts raised for the annual payment on non-state funded debt service that will help achieve the Town budget for educational programs.

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. There was a brief discussion about tax rates in other Municipalities. Mr. Wuorinen asked to move to question and it was 2nd . The motion carried on a hand vote. The original motion passed on a written ballot of 86 yes 9 no.

ARTICLE 16 SUMMARIZES THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET

ARTICLE 16: T o see what sum the Town will authorize the school committee to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009 from the Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statues, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $2,245,097.16

It was moved and 2nd to pass as recommended. The motion passed on a counted hand vote of 78 yes 3 no.

Harvey Kelley thanked everyone for behaving so well. There being no further business to transact, Moderator Kelley declared the town meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer Kovacs, Town Clerk