PORTLAND – City residents will go the polls today to approve or reject an $89.9 million school budget.

The budget would raise the schools’ portion of Portland’s property tax rate by 1 percent. If the plan is rejected, school officials say they will assume voters want deeper spending cuts.

As proposed, the budget would eliminate 60 jobs and create 15.5 new positions.

The budget reflects a reduction of more than $4.5 million in state and federal funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

All local polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents can register to vote in person at their polling place on the day of the election.

For more information about where or how to vote, contact the City Clerk’s office at 874-8677. Voters can also check online to locate their polling place at: www.portlandmaine.gov/voter/pollplace.asp.


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