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Portland Voters Approve 2017-2018 School Budget

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Portland Voters Approve 2017-2018 School Budget
Posted on 06/13/2017
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On Tuesday, June 13, Portland voters approved the FY2018 school budget of $105 million. Unofficial results show the vote on the budget was 3,148 in favor and 890 against.

By a vote of 3,406 to 656, voters also approved allowing the Portland Board of Public Education to use any additional state education subsidy that Portland receives beyond what is included in the budget for a variety of uses, with the consent of the City Council. Those uses include the board using the extra money for school costs, putting it in a reserve fund approved by the board and reducing property taxes.

The exact amount of state education aid that Portland and other school districts will receive is not yet known because the state Legislature has not yet approved the state budget. The state budget must be passed by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, to avoid a government shutdown.

Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana issued the following statement in response to voters’ validation of the budget:

“Thank you, voters of Portland, for investing in education by approving our budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The budget is a responsible one approved by both the Portland Board of Public Education and the City Council in a very challenging budget year, in which the Portland Public Schools not only had to deal with standard personnel cost increases but a potential drastic cut in state education aid. The budget voters approved represents a modest 1.4 percent increase in spending. It values employees, respects taxpayers and will allow the Portland Public Schools to continue the level of services to our students that Portland residents and our students deserve and expect. We are proud of the Portland community’s consistent support for our schools.”