School Board member Robert Cote goes over the school budget at Saturday morning’s annual Town Meeting. At the table behind Cote are (from left) Selectmen Donna Dunn, Kevin Copeland and Faith Colburn. PHOTO BY STEPHEN FAY

Voters OK town, school budgets totaling $2 million



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.

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]