Residents in School Administrative District 59 approved a $10.1 million school budget Tuesday, representing a 3 percent increase over the current $9.85 million budget.

Although the amount of money to be spent is about $295,000 higher than in the current year, the amount to be raised from taxpayers is down about $38,000, according to SAD 59 Superintendent Bonnie Levesque.

The budget was approved 101-68 in a referendum at the Madison Town Office.

“I just want to thank the people who got out there to vote to support the school system,” Levesque said. “I look forward to doing good things in the coming year.”

Although Madison, the only town in the district, was hit hard by the closure of Madison Paper Industries two years ago, Levesque said the district has been able to keep costs down by combining some services with neighboring districts in Anson and Bingham.

State funding also has increased since the mill closure and will help to pay for the one-time cost of replacing the roof at Madison Elementary School in the coming year.

The state also is expected to reimburse Madison for the cost of a new school bus, which has been budgeted at $85,000.

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