City school budget vote is June 11

ELLSWORTH — Voters will head to the polls on June 11 to vote on whether to approve the $22.6-million 2019-20 school budget.

Taxpayers will be asked to come up with $11,675,247 to fund city schools, a 3 percent increase in the local appropriation over last year and a 5.78 percent increase in the expense budget overall.

The bulk of that — $8.689 million, or 74 percent — is money that the city is required to spend on essential services in order to receive state funding. The rest is money school officials say is necessary for maintenance issues and staffing needs for a growing student population.

Voters also will be asked if they want to continue the school budget validation process for the next three years.

Residents of Ellsworth can register and vote at their designated ward from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.

Voters from Ward One, which covers the entire downtown area on the east of the Union River, will vote at City Hall in the second floor auditorium.

Voters from Ward Two, which covers North Street and the Ellsworth Falls area, will vote at the Community Church of Christ, 283 State St.

Voters from Ward Three, which covers North Ellsworth, will vote at the Maine Coast Baptist Church, 867 Bangor Road.

Voters from Ward Four, which covers the Bridge Hill area west of the Union River, will vote at City Hall in the first floor council chambers.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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