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BANGOR, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Three different results for three hotly contested school budget validation referendums. Bangor Voters overwhelmingly approved the school budget nearly 2 to 1 with 2051 yes votes and 1081 no votes. The roughly $43 million dollar budget is 1.25 percent higher than last year.

Voters in Newport and the seven other towns making up RSU 19 had a much closer vote on their nearly $23 million dollar school budget. It passed 1106 to 949. Voters in Newport, Dixmont, Corrina, and Palmyra approved the budget, voters in Hartland, Plymouth, and St. Albans Rejected it. Etna was a dead tie with 63 votes for and 63 against.

In East Millnocket, according to superintendent Quenten Clark, voters rejected their budget overwhelmingly. Only 145 voters approved the budget and 247 rejected it. The $4.2 million dollar budget was only 11 thousand dollars higher than last years but the town's share rose $262 thousand due to higher tuition costs and lower state subsidies due to declining enrollment and higher property valuation. Now the School Board must go back to the drawing board. The board is expected to begin that work in the next two weeks or so.

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