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With all towns reporting, RSU 9 budget passes

With all 10 towns reporting, the $37.1 million budget approved by voters at the May 28 meeting has passed, taking roughly two-thirds of the vote.

Chesterville and New Vineyard both voted against validating the budget, which represents an increase of $1.58 million or 4.44 percent over the current fiscal year, with the other eight towns voting in favor. The total vote was 909 in favor and 445 opposed.

A second question, asking if voters wished to continue holding budget validation referendums, easily passed in every town.

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Results for the Regional School Unit 9 budget validation will be posted here as towns report their vote totals. A 'yes' vote will validate the $37.1 million budget approved at the May 28 meeting, while a 'no' vote will reject it, effectively restarting the process.

The budget includes an increase of $1.58 million or 4.44 percent over the current fiscal year. The projected local tax impact would be an increase of $36,050, or .27 percent over the entire district.

Question 1 addresses the 2019-20 budget. Question 2, a recurring item that appears every three years per state law, asks whether voters wish to continue holding budget validation referendums.

Town results:

Chesterville - Question 1 - 45 yes, 65 no
Chesterville - Question 2 - 64 yes, 43 no

Farmington - Question 1 - 355 yes, 115 no
Farmington - Question 2 - 307 yes, 152 no

Industry - Question 1 - 39 yes, 20 no
Industry - Question 2 - 41 yes, 16 no

New Sharon - Question 1 - 81 yes, 61 no
New Sharon - Question 2 - 92 yes, 48 no

New Vineyard - Question 1 - 13 yes, 28 no
New Vineyard - Question 2 - 22 yes, 18 no

Starks - Question 1 - 50 yes, 5 no
Starks - Question 2 - 44 yes, 10 no

Temple - Question 1 - 37 yes, 21 no
Temple - Question 2 - 40 yes, 18 no

Vienna - Question 1 - 31 yes, 12 no
Vienna - Question 2 - 26 yes, 16 no

Weld - Question 1 - 28 yes, 16 no
Weld - Question 2 - 36 yes, 6 no

Wilton - Question 1 - 230 yes, 102 no
Wilton - Question 2 - 209 yes, 115 no

Total - Question 1 - 909 yes, 445 no
Total - Question 2 - 881 yes, 442 no

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6 Responses »

  1. Two to one margin. Guess the people have spoken.

  2. No, people have just given up

  3. Voter turnout numbers are sad.

  4. We all know that if it doesn't pass they will keep voting until the people just don't show up to vote, even though I was not able to vote this time Im glad our town was against it. Thank you.

  5. Good. No need to deal with the libertarian drama this time.

  6. So by about a two to one majority, the voters have said they support their elected School Board representatives suggested budget, which was also approved by a great majority of those at the Town Hall Meeting.

    Congratulations! all voters elect their town's board representatives, who then get to work to understand, recommend, and approve a budget for registered voters to then review and approve......Twice!

    The silent majority has indeed spoken.

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