Cape Elizabeth approves $20.7M school budget

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Voters on June 8 validated the $20.7 million fiscal 2011 school budget, 2,584 to 1,072.

The budget is $672,000, or 3.4 percent larger than this year.

School Board Chairwoman Rebecca Millett said she was very pleased with the vote.

“This budget was reflective of a lot of work by the school district and the community,” she said. “We started the process with a public curtailment meeting in January, and tried to keep the public well informed throughout the process. They had access to our deliberations and participated throughout the process.”

The board held five budget workshops and a public hearing before unanimously supporting the budget and presenting it to the Town Council. The council approved the school budget 5-2 and sent it to the voters for validation.

According to an advisory question, 1,772 voters indicated the budget was acceptable. Nearly 1,200 residents said the budget was too high, and 506 said it was too low. 

Cape residents also supported the budget validation referendum process. They voted 2,680 to 925 to continue the process for the next three years.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or