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Madawaska townspeople give final OK for school budget

MADAWASKA, Maine — Residents of Madawaska took to the polls on Monday and approved the Madawaska School Department’s 2020-21 budget. 

 

The final vote was 161 in favor of the budget and 93 opposed. 

The Madawaska School budget was already approved by townspeople at the school budget hearing July 13, but due to referendum formalities, the question to approve the final line of the budget depended upon voter turnout Monday. 

In late June, the Madawaska School Committee approved the $7.8 million budget with the statement that it would not bring an increase to taxpayers. 

The new budget increased by $463,609 from $7,346,118 to $7,809,727, but the higher amount is offset by other departments and revenue, including the increase of $189,954 in state funding. 

The requested amount to be raised locally is the same as it was last year — $3,764,555 — which means there will be no increase to the mill rate from the school department’s budget.

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