Voters approve school budget of $35.6 million

Brunswick residents on Tuesday passed a $35.6 million school budget.

The Town Council voted on May 29 to adopt a combined municipal and school budget with expenditures of slightly more than $58 million. Brunswick taxpayers will be responsible for $36.5 million of that total after accounting for other revenue sources, state aid and transfers from other accounts.

The budget was passed 1,513-794.

Brunswick property owners would see a tax increase of 3.5 percent under the combined municipal and school budget. Council members trimmed other areas of the budget – such as for paving projects – in order to hold the tax rate hike below 4 percent in the face of rising education costs and shrinking state support.