- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Residents of Maine’s largest city will see a slight tax increase in the wake of voters’ decision to approve the public school budget for the coming year.

Voters approved of the $103.6 million spending plan on Tuesday. The budget requires a 2 percent tax increase.

It will add about $42 to the property tax bill of the owner of a home assessed at $200,000.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/27dRccr ) reports Mayor Ethan Strimling says the budget will help expand pre-kindergarten for children.

Portland voters also were in favor of continuing to have citywide votes on school budgets for the next three years. Maine school districts ask that question of voters every three years.

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