A public hearing on the Region 6 Board of Education’s proposed budget of $19,438,914 for 2017-18 will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Wamogo Regional High School.
The proposed budget is $525,670, or 2.78 percent, higher than the current budget of $18,913,244.
There’s a chance that voters will consider the spending plan in a referendum instead of at a district meeting on May 1, as a petition seeking a referendum is being circulated in Morris and could have the required 200 signatures of voters by the end of the weekend.
While Morris’s Board of Selectmen supports a referendum as a way to give more Region 6 residents a chance to vote, the first selectmen of Goshen and Warren do not. Goshen’s Robert P. Valentine and Warren’s Craig Nelson favor a vote at a district meeting.
Valentine and Nelson are citing the $297,000 the school board cut from an initial budget proposal upon the request of the first selectmen of the three towns. Both believe the cost of a referendum would be unnecessary.
Under the proposed budget, Morris’s assessment would be $6,711,245, an increase of $249,073, or 3.85 percent, Goshen’s would $7,426,189, an increase of $255,834, or 3 percent, and Warren’s would be $3,367,154, an increase of $3,284.