BINGHAM — Voters in the two towns of School Administrative District 13 will go the polls for a third time today to decide whether to validate their annual budget.

Polls are open from 1 to 7 p.m. in Bingham at the Quimby Middle School gymnasium and at the Moscow Town Hall.

Department heads, Superintendent Virginia Rebar and members of the school board have cut about $98,000 from the original $3.1 million budget, which voters have rejected twice in referendums.

The new budget to be voted on today is $3,019,075, which is $29,000 less than last year’s budget.

Residents approved the new spending package at the budget meeting earlier this month.

The proposed cuts include savings on the salary of the principal of all three district schools who has left the district. A social worker also was cut from the budget, and the district got a good price on heating fuel, Rebar said in July. Three of the newly hired employees are first-year teachers who will start at entry-level salaries.

The district has continued to operate on the most recently approved budget of $3.1 million, as mandated by state law, until voters approve a new one.

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