HOLDEN, Maine — Residents in the three towns of SAD 63 voted to endorse the fiscal year 2010-11 budget, 1,170 to 500, and to continue the budget validation process for another three years, according to unofficial tallies.
SAD 63 comprises Holden, Eddington and Clifton. The tri-town school budget approved for the fiscal year is $8,960,200, representing a decrease of $431,265, or 4.59 percent, from the previous year.
The three towns are expected to pitch in $4,223,068 for education for the coming year.
The Holden votes were 623 in favor of the budget and 237 against. In Eddington, the totals were 365-168 and in Clifton, figures were 182-95.
Residents also voted 981-668 to continue the budget validation process. Clifton residents rejected the idea, with 164 voting against continuing the validation process and 96 voting to continue it. However, those votes were outnumbered by those from Holden, with 556 for continuing and 308 against, and by Eddington voters, 329-196.
Eddington residents will pay $1,334,518 for education, an increase of $125,468, or 10.38 percent; Clifton will hand over $612,774, an increase of $54,056, or 9.67 percent; and Holden will pay $2,275,776, a $101,550 increase, or 4.67 percent, according to school documents.