Brewer endorses school budget

Posted June 08, 2010, at 10:08 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Residents endorsed the school budget by a 3-to-1 ratio on Tuesday and voted to continue the budget validation process for another three years, according to unofficial election results.

Residents voted 1,524 to 581 in favor of the budget.

The fiscal year 2010-11 school budget, minus construction funds, is nearly $16.73 million and represents a 1.3 percent decrease. With the construction funds, the budget is nearly $19.5 million.

This is the first year that residents could vote on whether to continue the state-mandated school budget validation vote, required under the school consolidation law.

Voters strongly endorsed continuing the process for another three years, with 1,557 votes for the measure and 512 against.