RUMFORD — RUMFORD — By a vote of 469-234, all seven towns included in the Regional School Unit 10 district approved the $29.94 million spending plan for 2021-22 during referendum voting on Tuesday.

Tallies for the towns were Rumford 282-142, Mexico 53-21, Hartford 27-13, Buckfield 76-49, Roxbury 11-3, Hanover 11-3 and Sumner 9-3.

The $29.94 million budget is about $500,000 more than the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. It also represents an average decrease of 2.48% in assessments for the seven towns.

During the district’s annual budget meeting on May 26 at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, voters approved each of the 21 articles brought to a vote. Among the articles was one to spend up to $76,000 from the school construction capital reserve fund to pay architectural and site study costs for a prekindergarten through grade 8 school at the site of Mountain Valley Middle School and Meroby Elementary School in Mexico.

Other approved expenditures include:

• $51,797 for the district’s school nutrition program $60,231 for adult education.
• $3.75 million toward the Oxford Hills Technical School’s 2021-22 budget.

• $259,398 toward adult education at Oxford Hills Technical School in Paris.
• $401,167 toward the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico for adult education.
• $97,000 toward the purchase of a new school bus.

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