MINOT — Voters will decide Tuesday on a school budget and whether to spend money to expand broadband internet service.

The first of four questions is on the nearly $25.9 million budget for Regional School Unit 16, which includes Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland. It passed an initial vote at a districtwide meeting in May.

The budget represents a $1.63 million increase, or 6.74% more than the $24.25 million budget for fiscal year 2021-22 that ends June 30.

The second question is related, asking voters if they want to continue passing the school budget with two votes a month apart.

Third on the ballot is whether to earmark $150,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act for expansion of broadband internet services by Charter Spectrum to the south-central area of town, reaching 114 homes.

The cost is roughly $338,000, according to Town Administrator Danielle Loring. The town is seeking to have Androscoggin County pick up the $188,000 not be covered by the town’s allotment of federal funds. The county’s portion would be paid through its American Rescue Plan Act funds, if the county were to agree to chip in.

The final question asks voters whether the town should spend $188,000 from its undesignated fund balance if the county declines to contribute.

Voting will be held in the Town Office meeting room from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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