Auburn voters tie on passage of school budget

Posted May 09, 2012, at 11:46 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A public referendum on Auburn’s school budget has ended in a tie.

Acting City Clerk Sue Clements-Dallaire says unofficial results for Tuesday’s vote on the $35.9 million budget for the 2012-13 year ended in a 349-349 dead heat.

She told the Sun Journal that if the results hold up, a recount will be held, and if there is still a tie, voters will head back to the polls.

The budget included a $66 hike per year in property taxes for a home worth $150,000.

Superintendent Katy Grondin called it a “fiscally responsible budget.”

Grondin has said that Auburn spends $8,050 per pupil, below the state average of $9,623.

 

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