OTIS — Some 20 voters turned out Saturday morning for the annual Town Meeting and elections.
School Board member Robert Cote gave a detailed explanation of the school budget — the biggest money item on the warrant. That budget amounts to $1,517,831. Subtracting the state subsidy and payment of $319,044 from the neighboring town of Mariaville, whose children attend the Otis elementary school, the local taxpayers’ share works out to $1,070,438. That amount is up $14,729 over the current year’s burden.
Cote, who was re-elected to a three-year term on the School Board later in the meeting, discussed costs and opportunities. Among the costs was the $60,000 tuition to pay for a local child’s enrollment in KidsPeace in Ellsworth. On the opportunities for savings list was certifying the school principal as a superintendent to cut down on administrative costs and bidding out the fuel contract to get the best price.
The municipal budget of $636,083 also was approved at the meeting. The town and school budgets combined total $2,153,914.
In other business, incumbent Selectman Faith Colburn, who has served out a one-year unexpired term, was elected to a full three-year term on the board.