2013-02-19 / Front Page

West Bath to vote on RSU 1 lawsuit funds

Town says it paid too much in school costs
By LARRY GRARD, Times Record Staff


Voters will consider spending up to $55,000 more for the town’s lawsuit against Regional School Unit 1 during Monday night’s special town meeting.

The meeting, at the fire station, begins at 6 p.m.

The town is suing RSU 1 to collect $1.9 million, which it claims it overpaid in the first four years of the school unit’s existence, 

plus interest.

The lawsuit claims that West Bath 

should have been assessed a total of $8.2 million in fiscal years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, but instead paid $10.1 million.

The towns of Arrowsic, Bath and Woolwich have joined RSU as defendants in the case.

Thus far, West Bath has authorized spending of $46,500. The new request, according to the special town meeting warrant, is for “unanticipated legal fund and litigation fund expenses for the time period February 25, 2013 to June 30, 2013.”

Residents approved the original $46,500 during a special town meeting last June.

“This wasn’t on our radar to the level it is now,” said Jonathan Davis, town administrator.

The next court date is March 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Sagadahoc Superior Court in Bath. There will be oral arguments on a motion to dismiss, Davis said.

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