Auburn school budget passes on recount

AUBURN — After the numbers were checked Wednesday morning, the Auburn school budget vote has passed, 349 to 344, with one vote blank.

Of the people who voted against the budget, 328 said they wanted the budget decreased, and 43 said they wanted the budget increased. 

The budget is slated to begin July 1 with $15.4 million coming from Auburn property taxpayers. That represents an increase of $844,925, which means a homeowner with property valued at $150,000 would pay $66 more a year in taxes, according to the Auburn School Department.

"I really believe that we put together a fiscally responsible budget," Superintendent Katy Grondin said Tuesday night. "The result of not getting increases over the last three years did make an impact. Taxes have gone up in Auburn, but not due to supporting education."

She previously said that the proposed spending plan maintains all student services and programs. The increase addresses only the most critical areas — including giving iPad tablet computers to this year's kindergarten students and adding two positions.

Grondin has said that Auburn spends $8,050 per pupil, below the state average of $9,623.

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Allison Michaud, 3, looks to her grandfather, Larry Irwin, as she leaves the voting booth with her grandmother, MaryEllen Irwin. The Irwins voted on the Auburn school referendum Tuesday at Auburn Hall.

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 's picture

Apathy at work

So, a total of 349 people (by a margin of 5 votes) made the decision to increase the school budget by nearly $850,000?

Jason Theriault's picture

Channel 13 just reported a tie

Channel 13 is saying it was a tie. Are they behind or is this story wrong?
(I'm guessing they're behind, but want to make sure)

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