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School Board Presents School Budget Proposal to Council April 4

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School Board Presents School Budget Proposal to Council April 4
Posted on 03/31/2016
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The Portland Board of Public Education will present its recommended $103.6 million FY17 school budget to the City Council on Monday, April 4. The council’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The school board on March 29 unanimously approved the budget proposal for the 2016-2017 school year.

The council is slated to consider the school budget over the next few weeks and hold a final vote on it on May 2. The council’s recommendation will go to voters in a referendum on May 10.

The school board’s proposed budget would increase expenditures by .8 percent and require a 2 percent tax rate increase. It would add 21 cents per $1,000 to the property tax rate in Portland, or $21 per $100,000 of the assessed value of a Portland home.

School board Finance Committee Chair Anna Trevorrow said the budget proposal is "financially responsible" while also remaining "true to the priorities of the district."

The budget includes $1.34 million more in state education aid than Portland expected earlier this year. That increase is still about $1.4 million less than Portland received for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

It’s possible that Portland’s share of state aid could decrease even more because lawmakers are still considering a measure that could allocate more of the currently available education funding to struggling mill towns, decreasing the amount of funding to Portland and other districts. However, some legislators advocate increasing the overall amount of state education aid to help the mill communities without hurting other districts.