Falmouth voters approve school budget

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FALMOUTH — Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the fiscal year 2017 school budget, by an unofficial count of 1,301 to 397.

Voters also strongly supported continuing the process of having the budget require public approval through referendum, with unofficial results showing an 1,303 to 373 advantage.

The school budget is roughly $35 million, an increase $1.75 million, or 5.3 percent, over the current budget. the school portion of the property tax rate would increase 3.5 percent to $11.41 per $1,000 of assessed value, compared with $10.98 this year, or an increase of $43 for every $100,000 of assessed value. This would mean an additional $174 in taxes for a home valued at $400,000.