BANGOR, Maine — Voters in Bangor on Tuesday approved a $42 million school department budget for the 2010 fiscal year by a vote of 463-123.
The budget, which was approved by both the school committee and City Council last month, represents a 1.4 percent increase over the current budget. Of that $42 million, $17.9 million comes from state aid, $2.4 million comes from local revenue and $20.7 million will be paid through taxes.
The school department’s share of the total Bangor budget allows the city to keep its pledge of a flat tax rate of $19.05 per $1,000 of property valuation. Most of the budget increases are in teacher salaries and benefits, as well as in added resources to meet special education needs. The school department projects savings in part through a series of energy efficiency improvements and other streamlining measures.
Voter turnout, as predicted, was very low. Of more than 22,000 registered voters in the city of Bangor, only 587 cast ballots. One of the ballots cast was left blank.
Brewer residents OK$18M school budget
BREWER, Maine — Residents approved the $18.16 million school budget by 7-to-1 Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.
The $18,162,887 budget for fiscal year 2009-10 is $1,093,265 more than last year but includes $1.3 million in construction funds for the new elementary-middle school that are being funneled through the district, Superintendent Daniel Lee has said.
Residents cast 175 votes in favor of the budget and 26 votes against it, City Clerk Howard Kroll said Tuesday night.
Windmill-laden trucks likely to snarl traffic
BANGOR — Several oversize tractor-trailers hauling sections of windmills will travel from Jackman through Bangor to Aroostook County beginning today, according to the Maine State Police. Motorists should expect some traffic tie-ups and slowdowns, state police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday.
The cargo is headed for Oakfield, located just south of Houlton.
McCausland said the convoys are scheduled for today, Thursday and Saturday and for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The trucks will travel from Jackman to Skowhegan on Route 201, Route 2 from Skowhegan to Hermon, and then use a number of streets in Bangor before heading north on Interstate 95, he said.
The travel route through Bangor will be Odlin Road, Hammond and State streets, and Hogan Road. Because of the width of the oversize loads, traffic on those Bangor streets will be blocked for a time, McCausland said.