Shall the School District raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant, or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling $20,635,850? Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $20,679,275, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the District or by law; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only. (Majority vote required.)
What it means: The proposed operating budget for FY 2017-18 is $20,635,850. That figure is higher than the 2016-17 budget by $212,510, an increase of 1.04%. If the proposed budget fails, the default budget will be $20,679,275, which is $43,425 higher than the proposed. Voting FOR the proposed budget will REDUCE the tax impact.
Those in favor say: The budget was developed using a zero-based approach. Every effort was made to keep the budget as low as possible in deference to the taxpayers who will also be asked to approve Article 1.
Those against say: Given that the proposed operating budget for SAU 90 is less than the Default Budget, there have been mostly comments in favor.
Fiscal Impact: The proposed 2017 budget for SAU 90 will cause an increase in total property taxes of $21.89 for an average-valued home.