Budget talks continue in Scarborough


Following this week’s public hearing on the budget, the Finance Committee in Scarborough may have a better handle on how much spending residents are willing to support.

At a joint meeting of the school and town finance committees on Monday it was clear, however, that councilors are not in favor of the nearly $47 million school budget announced last month.

However, Councilor Shawn Babine, who is chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, also made it clear that if town leaders want to hold the line on school spending, it’s only equitable to do the same with the municipal budget.

The public hearing on the combined $80 million new fiscal year budget was scheduled for Wednesday, after the Current’s print deadline. Under the proposed spending package residents could see a tax rate increase of $1.28 per $1,000 of valuation.

A final reading on the budget is scheduled for May 20 and the Town Council and Board of Education are slated to hold a joint budget workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, to hammer out the details.

– Kate Irish Collins