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Scarborough school budget fails for a second time

1,930 people voted against, while only 1,847 people voted for the budget, which means school board officials have to figure out a new solution to present to residents. (WGME)

SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- The Scarborough school budget has failed for a second time.

Tuesday’s vote came down to whether or not Scarborough residents were willing to pay extra taxes for a larger education budget, and for the second time this year, the town said "no."

It only took a little over 80 residents to decide the winning vote; 1,930 people voted against, while only 1,847 people voted for the budget, which means school board officials have to figure out a new solution to present to residents.

The $47.2 million budget would have raised property taxes nearly 3 %.

Some residents say the only way they would vote for the school budget is if there are changes to the tax rate increase. Others said they would be willing to pay any price for good education.

Those who voted against the budget say that voting "no" doesn't mean they are against children; it just means they want the town to be more conservative with its taxes.

Another issue with this vote was the voter turnout. The first school budget had less than a quarter of a the town vote, and this version of the budget had about 500 voters less.

School board officials haven't released any information on when they will start the process all over again, but they have exactly six weeks to get it done before school is back in session.

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