CAPE ELIZABETH

Voters say yes to school budget of $23.2 million

Cape Elizabeth voters approved a $23.2 million school budget Tuesday that will increase education spending by $712,100, or 3.2 percent, in 2014-15.

The vote was 705 to 278, according to results posted on the town’s website.

The Town Council had approved an overall $27.9 million spending plan for municipal, school, county and community services that would add 52 cents to the current tax rate of $16.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The proposed school budget represents 49 cents of that increase, according to town documents.

The school budget calls for expanding the full-day kindergarten pilot program to serve all incoming students, at a one-time cost of $90,000, and replacing the inefficient boiler at the elementary school, which is projected to save 10,000 gallons of fuel per year.

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