AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine cities and towns will be watching Augusta this week, where lawmakers will consider legislation to allow them to redo their schools' budgets to spend unexpected state aid without having to open the polls for voter approval.
The measure is among the final bills the Democratic-controlled Legislature will take up when it reconvenes on Tuesday.
With the late passage of the $6.3 billion state budget, many school districts will get more money than they originally thought. But current law says schools cannot use that extra money unless residents vote on a new school budget.
The bill would provide a one-time exception.
Supporters say that holding another vote will be financially burdensome on cities and towns. But critics say voters should have a say in how the extra money is spent.
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