2018-06-07 / Letters

Vote down Saco school budget

To the editor:

Dear Saco Taxpayers,

De je vu.

“We must consult our means rather than our wishes.” – George Washington

Saco Citizens for Sensible Government believe the voters of Saco should vote down the school budget. The fiscal year 2019 school budget presented to the voters on June 12 is $39,348,973. This is a 10 percent increase over the fiscal year 2018 budget.

If approved, the mil rate is projected to be $19.91 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Taxpayers may remember an increase in their land valuation last year. Surprise.

Additional information that has not been publicly shared includes the contemplated increase in property values this year, which may include an additional 2.7 percent increase. If your property value has increased, it will not be known until the tax bills are prepared in July.

Below is the budget breakdown for the city, school and county taxes in dollars.  $7.18 city mil rate portion  $12.19 school mil rate portion  $55 cent county mil rate portion  $19.91 fiscal year 2019 mil rate

An example of the taxes owed based on a property valued at $250,000 is $4,977.50 for fiscal year 19; last year was $4,845.

If your property was reassessed again this year, prior to determining the property tax, your new assessment would be $256,750 ($250,000 multiplied 2.7 percent). The taxes on your property is then $5,111.89.

Look at the difference between the fiscal year 2018 adopted budget and fiscal year 2019 proposed budget. Your tax bill would increase in one year by $266.89 if your land and property value has increased.

Saco Citizens for Sensible Government is asking residents to vote down the school budget. The impact to taxpayers is oppressive. We believe the school board should sharpen its pencil and reduce its budget.

Residents didn’t see tax relief last year when it was expected. Do not expect to see any tax relief now or in the future unless you act. Vote down the school budget on June 12.

John Harkins, chairman Saco Citizens for Sensible Government

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