Scarborough voters rejected a proposed $43.8 million school budget Tuesday by a vote of 1,719 to 1,408.

On a nonbinding companion question, 1,761 voters said the budget was too high, 619 said it was too low and 710 said it was just right.

The town now has 10 days to revise its school budget and schedule a second referendum. A similar situation occurred last year.

The proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 represents an increase of $1.8 million, or 4.3 percent, from the current budget. Details on the tax impact of the budget were unavailable.

The rejection by Scarborough voter went against the trend in Greater Portland on Tuesday, as voters in a number of surrounding communities easily passed school budgets.


CORRECTION: This story was updated on June 16 to correct the amount of the increase and the percentage of the increase considered in Scarborough’s $43.8 million school budget validation vote on June 9.