BANGOR, Maine — Voters overwhelming approved a $42.5 million Bangor School Department budget on Tuesday and also decided to continue the practice of approving school budgets through citizen referendum for another three years.
The school budget passed 2,935 to 1,131. The question of whether to continue voting on referendums passed 2,772 to 1,239.
The school committee and the City Council both approved the 2010-11 school budget last month. The School Department was able to avoid deep cuts to essential services by using $1.5 million in federal stimulus funding to offset losses in contribution from the state Department of Education.
Even with the stimulus funding, the School Department’s share of Bangor’s tax rate will increase from $8.70 to $8.77.