June 23, 2018
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Brewer voters OK budget, superintendent residency requirement

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The person who replaces Superintendent Daniel Lee, who is retiring next year, will have to be a resident of the city within three years of being hired.

In a 579-454 tally, voters approved a change to the city charter that will require superintendents hired after June 30, 2013, to become residents of Brewer within that time period, according to unofficial elections results provided by City Clerk Howard Kroll.

Residents voted in 2002 to require the city manager to live within city limits, and City Councilor Larry Doughty, who proposed both of the residency requirement votes, was pleased with Tuesday’s vote.

“I’m elated. The people have spoken,” Doughty said.

Residents also voted 810-198 to support the $19.98 million school budget for fiscal year 2012-13 — about a 2 percent increase the current year’s budget. The budget adds funding for one half-time gifted and talented teacher but adds no other positions, and maintains all the programs and services now offered.

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