The Bangor School Committee approved a $43.7 million budget Wednesday night for fiscal year 2015, an increase of 2.42 percent over this year’s budget. If the Bangor City Council approves the budget in May and city residents vote to pass it in June, property taxes will increase by 3.8 percent.
The Bangor School Department is asking to increase its budget to accommodate the rising costs of personnel and utilities, which is coupled with a $920,000 decrease in the amount of funding that it will receive from the state, according to Superintendent Betsy Webb.
“I think it’s always important to remember that we have been cited as a high performing and efficient school system,” Webb told the Bangor School Committee at the first reading of the budget on Wednesday night. The committee voted 4-1 to accept the budget.