FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue School District voters approved a $29.74 million budget Tuesday, up 2.7 percent from the current one, according to school officials.

Chesterville, Farmington, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple and Vienna approved the budget 210-130 during referendum voting. Industry, Weld and Wilton had not reported their totals Wednesday, but the town offices reported the school budget had passed.

Superintendent Michael Cormier said about $340,000 of the $918,000 increase stems from the school board anticipating the Legislature passing on state retirement costs to the school districts.

More than 78 percent of the budget is for salaries and benefits.

The budget also includes money for renovating the Cascade Brook playground, fixing the leaning retaining wall at Academy Hill School, installing a biomass boiler to reduce heating costs, adding two custodial positions for the larger Mt. Blue campus and for water and sewer increases at the Mt. Blue campus.

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