ELLSWORTH — Voters approved the $23-million Ellsworth school budget for the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, with 1,483 votes cast in favor, 496 against and 44 ballots left blank. Around 43 percent of the ballots were cast absentee.
Turnout for a municipal election was high in Ellsworth, with 2,023 (32 percent) of Ellsworth’s 6,278 registered voters casting ballots, compared to the 4.86 percent turnout in the June 11, 2019, municipal election, when 301 ballots were cast. Of those ballots, 31 (10 percent) were cast absentee.
Roughly $11.6 million of the school budget will be raised through local taxes, down $103,306 compared to this year.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the difference in the amount of funds to be raised via local appropriation.