SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters today approved a $39.9 million school operating budget, with 60 percent voting in favor and 40 percent opposed.

The vote was 414 to 277.

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The budget, which will increase taxes by nearly 1.8 percent, was trimmed $136,000 by the school board to bring the total in line with the expectations of the City Council.

The budget eliminates a part-time communications position and stipends for elementary school teacher-leaders, and maintains the status quo for field trip funding.