BAR HARBOR — The proposed budget for Mount Desert Island High School next year calls for a spending increase of less than 1 percent, but the four MDI towns together would pay 4.5 percent more than this year because of projected drops in other revenues.
Principal Matthew Garrity-Janger presented the draft budget to the school board Nov. 14.
The budget of just under $8.84 million is $79,191 more than the current budget – an increase of .9 percent – and $210,488 more than the school actually expects to spend this year.
The biggest anticipated drop in revenue is in carryover funds. The current year’s budget projected a carryover from the previous year of $415,058. The proposed budget for next year anticipates a carryover of only $257,000.
“The budgets are getting tighter and tighter, so you don’t have as much carryover,” explained Nancy Thurlow, the school system business manager.
The high school also expects to get a smaller state subsidy next year.
The high school board will review the draft 2012-2013 budget at its next meeting, on Dec. 12. Residents of the four MDI towns will vote on the budget at the high school’s annual business meeting in April.