It is imperative that Portland residents approve the referendum to add $1.9 million to the Portland Public Schools budget on Sept. 4.
This budget will be totally funded by the state, and therefore will not cause an increase in Portland property taxes. Further, the supplemental budget has already been approved unanimously by the City Council and the School Board.
Passing the budget will save jobs because the money will be used to cover the mandatory increased cost of teacher retirement and charter schools, instead of Portland being forced to cut more jobs. Additionally, eight positions would be added.
Make sure Portland’s students have the best school year possible by voting to approve the supplemental budget.