Newport-area voters pass RSU 19’s budget on second attempt

Posted Aug. 20, 2013, at 1:07 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 20, 2013, at 10:08 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Residents in eight towns passed the $22.65 million 2013-2014 budget for Regional School Unit 19 on Tuesday by a comfortable margin.

Majorities in seven of the eight district towns passed the budget with a tally of 969-692, according to Superintendent Greg Potter.

Hartland was the only town to deny the budget, while Corinna, Dixmont, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth and St. Albans all passed the budget, he said.

Individual town vote results will be released on Wednesday, Potter said.

“I am very excited to see the 2013-14 budget proposal receive this level of support from the voters; especially given the financial trials and tribulations the district has endured over the past year,” Potter said in a statement. “I feel like we have finally ‘turned the corner,’ and that we can move forward to focus on the important work of providing a quality education to the students of RSU 19 at an affordable cost.”

In June, voters rejected a $22.7 million budget by a tally of 457-400. Tuesday’s vote saw a voter turnout of nearly double June’s figure.

It is the second time in recent history that RSU 19 has had to ask taxpayers more than once to pass a budget or loan.

A $2.8 million stabilization loan failed twice at the polls before being approved in March.

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