Falmouth voters approve school budget

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FALMOUTH — Voters overwhelmingly approved the $24.6 million school budget by an unofficial vote of 2,951 to 791 in Tuesday’s budget validation referendum.

The voters also supported continuing to hold school budget validation referendums for another three years, 2,690 to 1,035.

The budget, which is $341,000 less than last year’s budget, includes a zero percent tax increase for property owners. This is the second year in a row that the town has managed to avoid a property tax increase.

The budget comes after a nearly $567,000 reduction in state aid to the district on top of already reduced aid last year.

The school budget includes a new pay-to-play policy for athletics and extra-curricular activities, which will allow the current programs to continue.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net