The Brunswick Town Council will discuss the upcoming fiscal year’s municipal and school budget during its meeting on Monday.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The department proposed a budget of $38,895,275, an increase of more than $1 million over last year, or about 2.7 percent. When factoring in a loss of non-local revenue and the state-defined local required contribution, the district is asking for about $1.66 million more than last year, or 3.74 percent.

School Board finance committee chairman Ben Tucker said the board works very hard to reduce costs and cut anything it can from the budget, but there comes a point where there’s nothing left to cut.

“What’s tough is that our schools have a lot of needs that we just can’t fund,” Tucker said. “For years, we’ve put off funding certain positions and doing maintenance, and it’s hard to decide what to prioritize.”

Last year’s $37.9 million school budget was up 0.49 percent over the previous year, and over the last 10 years, the budget has averaged a 1.49 percent increase, or about $514,000 per year.

The Town Council has asked the school department to keep the budget increase to no more than 3 percent, but it is not immediately clear if there’s anything else the department can or is willing to cut from the budget to meet the Council’s mandate.

There has been some debate about the proposed Brunswick School Department budget, which will go to the voters in a referendum validation on June 12.

Brunswick resident Jean Powers, a longtime outspoken critic of the school department’s financial management, said that while the Brunswick School Department senior administrators and principals receive regular raises — with some earning more than $100,000 — municipal officers, including Town Manager John Eldridge and the police chief, don’t earn as much and don’t receive the same yearly salary increases.

Powers said that there are only six municipalities that pay teachers more than Brunswick; Brunswick is one of the top-10 largest municipalities in the state with a population over 20,000 people.

Tucker said in order to retain the highly-qualified and successful teachers Brunswick has on staff, it has to pay a competitive wage, or the those teachers will find a different district to work in.

“We’ve got to pay teachers better than we do now, because we see the teachers (in other states) going on strike because they’re so desperate,” Tucker said. “Teachers don’t get paid enough for what they do. That’s a global issue.

“Teachers are what make the district, and we’ve got to hire the best teachers that we can, and that’s the unanimous attitude of the whole school board,” he said.

Tucker also said the salaries of town staff doesn’t have anything to do with the school department, its budget or the salaries of administrators and teachers, and he isn’t sure why that argument continues to be made.

The Council will also discuss the municipal budget.

Eldridge proposed a spending plan of $24,363,307, an increase of $933,591 over last year, or 3.98 percent. The town originally proposed spending $25,353,412, but cuts in certain line items brought that number down.

In other business, the Council will:

– vote on whether to extend the town’s 180-day moratorium on retail marijuana stores, facilities, social clubs and medical marijuana storefronts.

– consider a renewal application for a special amusement license for McAvoy’s on the Green, which would allow the restaurant at Brunswick Golf Club to have DJs and bands for certain events.

– hold a public hearing on an amendment that would increase the retail cost of Brunswick trash bags.