April 07, 2020

TABOR on agenda for SAD 29 meeting

HOULTON – The SAD 29 school board will spend much of its meeting tonight trying to gauge the effect that the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights could have on the district if it is passed on Nov. 7.

Board members in SAD 29, which consists of the towns of Houlton, Hammond, Littleton and Monticello, will hear a presentation on TABOR during their monthly meeting.

Superintendent Steve Fitzpatrick will deliver the presentation during a session that will begin at 7 p.m. at the Wellington School in Monticello.

The question on the Nov. 7 ballot will ask if voters want to limit increases in state and local government spending and require voter approval for all tax and fee increases.

Modeled on a Colorado initiative, TABOR would limit the growth of spending at the state, county, municipal and school district levels to the annual rate of inflation and population growth.

It would require voter approval for any tax or fee increases. Towns could exceed the limits if two-thirds of the voters agree.

Supporters of the proposal maintain that TABOR allows for reasonable growth of government at all levels while also creating a stable tax and regulatory climate.

Opponents believe otherwise.

Several school district and municipal boards throughout the state have taken a stand against the initiative, saying that it would hurt local school districts and hamper municipal efforts to provide services and sustain infrastructure.

After hearing a presentation about TABOR, the SAD 29 board will consider whether to put forth a resolution stating their opinion of the initiative.

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