The 2015-2016 Great Salt Bay Consolidated School District budget contains a 1.82 percent increase, but a shift in enrollment means Bremen’s share of the budget will grow by 29.04 percent.
The budget totals $5,608,196, an increase of $100,143 or 1.82 percent.
The district includes the towns of Bremen, Damariscotta, and Newcastle. Each town’s share of the K-8 student population in the district determines the town’s percentage of the budget after accounting for other revenue sources like state funds and tuition students.
Damariscotta will pay 43.86 percent of the budget, down from 46.86. Newcastle will pay 38.92 percent of the students, down from 39.27. Bremen will pay 17.22 percent, up from 13.86.
Damariscotta’s share totals $2,177,086, a decrease of $60,942 or 2.72 percent.
Newcastle will pay $1,931,879, an increase of $63,438 or 3.4 percent.
Bremen will pay $854,752, an increase of $192,358 or 29.04 percent.
The Great Salt Bay School Committee unanimously approved the budget April 16.
Bremen, Damariscotta, and Newcastle residents will vote on the budget at the district’s annual budget meeting at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta at 6:30 p.m. May 13.
A second vote known as a budget validation referendum will coincide with municipal elections in Damariscotta and Newcastle June 9. Bremen has not set a date for the vote.