The City Clerk’s Office announced today that Portland voters will be asked to approve the Portland Public School’s budget in a citywide referendum on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Maine’s School Administrative Reorganization Law requires all school districts to hold elections for approval of their budgets. The budget must be approved by a majority of voters.
The Portland Board of Public Education on April 11 voted to recommend to the City Council an FY2018 school budget of $105 million. The City Council approved the budget at its May 15, 2017 meeting.
Absentee ballots for the June 13 school budget referendum are available in the City Clerk’s office, 2nd floor of City Hall. Office hours of the City Clerk/Registrar are Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. for any resident wishing to register to vote or vote by absentee. The Clerk’s Office will be remain open until 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 8, 2017 only. This will be the last day for absentee voting in the City Clerk’s office. Sample ballots are on the State’s website at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/
Voters will be asked:
YES/NO -- Do you favor approving the Portland School Budget for the upcoming school year that was adopted at the latest City Council budget meeting?
YES/NO -- In the event that the Portland Public Schools receives more state education subsidy than the amount included in its budget, shall the Portland Board of Public Education with the consent of the City Council be authorized to use all or part of the additional state subsidy to:
- Reduce taxes by decreasing the local cost share expectation, as defined in 20-A M.R.S. section 15671-A(1)(B), for local property taxpayers for funding public education as approved by the Portland Board of Public Education.
Detailed information about the Portland school budget may be found on the Portland Public Schools website.
All qualified residents of the City of Portland are encouraged to vote. All local polling places will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on June 13.
Based on your residency, you must vote at your polling place.
The following locations have been established as voting places within the city:
Name of Bldg
East End Community School
195 North Street
Merrill Rehearsal Hall
20 Myrtle Street
St. Christopher’s Church
166 Brackett Street
239 Park Avenue
179 Woodfords St
Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Avenue
St. Pius Church
492 Ocean Avenue
First Baptist Church
360 Canco Road
Deering High School Gym
370 Stevens Avenue
Grace Baptist Church Gym
476 Summit Street
All polling places are ADA compliant.
Residents may register and vote at their polling places on Election Day. You must provide proof of identity and residency.
You must vote in the correct polling place. Call 207-874-8677 or go to www.portlandmaine.gov/voters to locate your correct polling place.