Brewer residents approve school budget

Posted July 08, 2013, at 9:29 p.m.
Last modified July 08, 2013, at 9:47 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Residents in town resoundingly supported the $20.3 million school budget for fiscal year 2013-14 by a 465-122 vote during the budget validation referendum, according to unofficial election results.

Residents also voted, 342-239, to continue the budget validation referendum process for another three years, City Clerk Pam Ryan said after the votes were hand tallied.

“Both passed by quite a bit,” she said.

The school budget is an increase of about $315,500, or 1.6 percent, compared with this year and requires approximately $7.4 million in local tax dollars — an increase of $1.2 million, or 20.5 percent.

School leaders decided to ask the city for more money to prevent teacher layoffs, school board Chairwoman Janet McIntosh has said.