FREEPORT — Residents of Freeport, Durham, and Pownal will get to decide whether or not to approve a $32.2 million Regional School Unit 5 budget on June 13.

The proposed budget of $32,207,685 represents a $1.2 million increase over last year, a budget increase of nearly 4 percent. Most of that stems from a 3.2 percent increase in non-discretionary spending caused by contract obligations. The increase represents a 5.25 percent increase to taxpayers.

The increase to taxes varies depending on the town. Pownal would see the largest increase to taxes, at 5.8 percent. Freeport would be roughly 3.5 percent increase, and Durham is just over 3 percent.

As with many other school districts in the Midcoast, the tax impact could vary greatly depending on what the state decides to allocate in subsidies. If the state allocates more money to RSU 5 than expected, the school board is authorized to use the money for either school programs or relieving the tax burden.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Freeport at Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St.; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Pownal at Mallett Hall, 429 Hallowell Road; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Durham at the Community School, 654 Hallowell Road.

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