Web exclusive, June 10, 2011
CSD budget comes to Island voters in three-part process
by Faith DeAmbrose
Voters in Deer Isle and Stonington are called to participate in a three-part CSD budget meeting, referendum, and certification process.
The annual CSD budget hearing will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria to discuss and/or amend the proposed $6,173,206 budget for 2011-12. At this meeting, voters can increase or decrease the budgeted amounts, but do not have the authority to control specific personnel matters such as hiring or firing. Voters can, however, raise or reduce an amount that would essentially reinstate or eliminate a position or program. The school board makes the final determination of exactly what is done.
Voters will then take to the polls on Tuesday, June 14, to cast their ballots either for or against the budget finalized at the June 9 meeting. The polls will be open at the town halls of both Deer Isle and Stonington from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If the budget is approved, voters will head to a special meeting on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria to certify it. If the budget is not approved, the entire process will begin again.