ATKINSON – The battle in Atkinson has reached a stalemate between MSAD #41 and the small town trying to break free.
Members of the Atkinson Withdrawal Committee say they want to pull out because they’ve already been put at a financial disadvantage. They say being associated with larger towns has made mil rate jump.
Superintendent Michael Wright says Penquis Valley High School needs upgrades, and Atkinson should be as responsible for footing the bill as the other three towns.
Residents met at the town hall tonight to discuss the upcoming ballot initiative that could help decide the fate of the town’s involvement with the district.
In addition to helping with the school repairs, the district plans to charge Atkinson a 300-thousand dollar impact payment, as that’s the amount of money it calculated would cost SAD #41 if Atkinson left.
The committee chair says it’s a bad deal all around.
“The burden is just becoming unbearable for our towns,” said chairman Andy Torbett. “And really, you know when you get into processes like this, there’s no positives for anyone. Both sides are gonna have the negatives, it’s gonna get tense.”
All four towns; Atkinson, Brownville, Lagrange, and Milo vote on school repairs June 13th.