OXFORD — Voters in the eight towns of the SAD 17 school district will go to the polls Tuesday to decide on the proposed school budget for 2018-19.

The referendum will be a yes-or-no ballot question that will finalize action taken by voters Thursday night at the school district budget meeting at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris.

The budget meeting is the first of a two-part budget process, and allows voters to debate each of the 19 articles in the warrant that make up the proposed $39.9 million budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The proposed budget for fiscal 2018-19 shows a $228,929 decrease, or .57 percent, from this year. It includes the proposed $3,653,444 budget to support the Career and Technical Region budget.

The budget meeting is the only opportunity for voters in all eight district towns to act on specific line-item requests and make amendments. Once approved, the overall budget must be validated  by voters at the polls Tuesday.

Under state law, the validation referendum must follow the district meeting and be held within 14 calendar days.

If the budget does not pass at referendum, the last budget approved by the legislative body becomes the operational budget until voters approve a budget at referendum, according to the state law passed in 2008.

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