POLAND — Voters in the towns of Poland, Mechanic Falls and Minot approved the proposed RSU 16 budget of nearly $25.9 million Tuesday at the polls.

Minot voters passed it by a vote of 192 to 63.

Poland voters approved it 340 to 142.

And Mechanic Falls voters approved it 161 to 87.

The school budget for Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland passed an initial vote at a district meeting in May, but needed a second vote Tuesday to implement the budget for the upcoming school year.

The proposed budget represents a $1.63 million increase over the current fiscal year, or 6.74% higher than the $24.25 million budget for 2021-22.

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