Absentee ballots available for Portland school budget referendum
PORTLAND — Absentee ballots are now available for the Sept. 4 public referendum on a $1.9 million supplemental school budget.
Voters must submit the absentee ballots by Aug. 30 to the City Clerk's office at City Hall during regular business hours, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office will be open until 7 p.m. on the final day for absentee voting.
Voters may also request an absentee ballot by calling 847-8677 or through the city's website.
Polls for the referendum will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.
In May, city voters overwhelmingly approved a $96.4 million school budget. The supplemental budget referendum was required after the state budget passed in June included an additional $1.9 million in general purpose aid for Portland Schools.
If approved, school officials said they will use the money to cover about $1.4 million in new costs for teacher retirements and to hire the equivalent of eight full-time staff. About 40 positions were cut in the original budget.
If voters reject the additional money, all of the $1.9 million in state aid would go into the district’s fund balance and the School Department would be forced to make additional cuts to cover the $1.4 million cost for teacher retirements.