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FY 2018 Budget

Adjusted State Share of Education Funding

posted Jul 13, 2017, 6:52 AM by Town Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 7:30 AM ]

The Maine Department of Education has released the revised General Purpose Aid for Education allocations for each community. While Scarborough’s allocation has increased, it is still below the minimum receiver threshold, therefore the total amount of money received from the State has not increased and will remain at $2,150,151.24. While we were hopeful to receive additional funding to reduce local property taxes, we did not count on it.  The estimated increase on the property tax rate remains at 2.99%. 

Click the links below to view the adjusted state share of education funding for Scarborough.

Revised Budget Proposal Adopted by Town Council 1st Reading - June 21, 2017

posted Jun 28, 2017, 12:37 PM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 12:42 PM by Town Webmaster ]

Please see attachment for detail data on the revised budget proposal.

FY2018 Budget Adopted

posted May 19, 2017, 8:02 AM by Kate Bolton   [ updated May 19, 2017, 8:06 AM ]

The full FY2018 Town budget was passed unanimously on Wednesday, May 17, by the Town Council.  The School Board made final amendments to the Education portion of the budget at their meeting on Thursday, May 18, again unanimously supporting the changes agreed to by the Town Council the night before.  Council and Board members expressed appreciation for the collaborative process and thoughtful work involved in creating this budget, and the difficult choices made to arrive at the best possible balance of outcomes for our community.

Attached is the revised tax rate computation page showing the final approved amounts for all sections of the Town budget, along with a one-page summary provided at the May 17 Town Council meeting. For more details on the changes made between first reading and final adoption of the budget, please see the previous post (May 11, 2017).

Next on the calendar is the voter referendum on the School K-12 operating budget, which will take place on Tuesday, June 13, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at Town Hall.  Absentee ballots are already available for your convenience.  For more information about voting, please go to:

or contact the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office at 730‑4020.  We appreciate the public's interest and support through the budget process so far, and encourage you to come out and vote! 

FY2018 Budget Nears Completion

posted May 11, 2017, 1:19 PM by Kate Bolton

Town and School Leaders met for a budget workshop on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.  The purpose of the workshop was to update both Town Councilors and School Board members on the proposed changes that have been made to the FY2018 budget proposal over the past several weeks, since the initial public presentation and first readings. 

The Finance Committees of both Town and School have spent many hours reviewing the details of the budget, individually and as a Joint Committee, asking questions and requesting refinements and reductions.  Town and School leaders have worked together to trim the original proposal, balancing the goal of a sustainable property tax increase with a commitment to providing the high-quality programs and services our community expects.  

Attached are several documents that were shared and reviewed at the workshop:

o   A one-page summary – “What is the Bottom Line?”

o   Detail of changes to the Municipal budget since first reading

o   Detail of changes to the Education budget since first reading

o   Summary of the Town Council Finance Committee’s recommended budget adjustments

 Please plan to join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers for the Town Council’s second reading and vote on the revised budget.  We hope to see you there!

Scarborough Budget Forum Recap - April 26, 2017

posted May 1, 2017, 12:31 PM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:18 PM by Kate Bolton ]

Q & A - Recap

Scarborough citizen questions submitted for the Budget Forum of April 26, 2017.  This document is a work in progress to provide some clarification and answers to the questions posed by our citizens.  The Q & A document will be continually  updated as more data becomes available.

School FY2018 Budget – School Board Second Reading and vote

posted Apr 28, 2017, 9:41 AM by Kate Bolton   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:25 PM ]

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the School Board voted to approve an amended FY2018 education budget.  Since the first reading of the full Municipal budget, Town and School leaders have been working diligently together to refine projections and mitigate the effects of continued lost State revenue on the shift of cost to local taxpayers.  The School Board’s actions on Thursday night included several amendments to the education budget passed at first reading.  Attached here is the text of the School Board action items, as well as a compilation of documents showing details and impacts of the changes made.  The Joint Town Council/School Board Finance Committee is scheduled to meet again on Thursday, May 4, to consider further budget refinements as the process continues.

School FY2018 Budget Meetings April 6, 2017

posted Apr 10, 2017, 8:53 AM by Kate Bolton   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 8:58 AM ]

Thursday, April 6, 2017 was a busy day for School Leaders!  First we engaged in an afternoon workshop at the Wentworth Learning Commons.  From 1:30 to 6:00 pm, the Leadership Council presented details and context for their FY2018 budget proposal to the full School Board as well as guests from the Town Council.  This annual workshop gives us a chance to take a deeper dive into the work being done in each phase and department, and allows Board members to ask questions and learn more about the resources being requested through the budget proposal.

On Thursday evening at 7:00 pm, the regular School Board business meeting included another presentation on the Leadership Council's FY2018 budget proposal, including additional information on budget drivers and the loss of non-tax revenues, as well as a summary of realigned existing resources and requests for new investment.

Presentation slides are attached here; both meetings were filmed and will be available for viewing on the school website soon.

Instructional Technology

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:50 AM by Kate Bolton   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 7:28 AM ]

We are excited to be able to report that, thanks to the investments made in recent budget years, we are now providing one-to-one computing devices K-12, giving all students in the Scarborough Public Schools access to the resources they need to thrive in a modern learning environment.  Attached is a presentation on the current state of instructional technology in our schools which was provided to the School Board in February of 2017 by Jennifer Lim, Director of Technology & Information Services for the Town and Schools. Streaming video of the entire meeting is available here: School Board Meeting February 16, 2017

Scarborough Teachers' Contract Analysis

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:37 AM by Kate Bolton   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

One of the significant budget drivers for the school department in FY2018 is the collective bargaining agreement covering our teachers and professional staff.  Attached is a presentation on the meaning, scope and impact of the agreement, which was provided by the Superintendent to the School Board in October of 2016 when the new contract was ratified.  Streaming video of the entire meeting is available here: School Board Meeting October 20, 2016.

Town & School FY2018 Budget Presentation of April 5, 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 6:04 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 1:44 PM by Kate Bolton ]

Please see the attached documents that were presented at the Town Council Meeting of April 5, 2017.  A presentation of the
Town & School Budget as presented by the Town Manager & School Superintendent to the Town Council.

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