Portland leaders reach school compromise

Portland voters will decide on school bond

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

After a weeks-long stalemate, Portland city leaders say they have a compromise to end a disagreement over city school renovations.

Friday afternoon, Mayor Ethan Strimling and councilor Nick Mavodones announced the compromise plan.
City councilors were struggling to make a decision, so this plan would leave the choice up to residents.

Voters would get to decide if they want to spend $64 million outright to fix the schools.

The other option, spend $32 million in city money and seek another $32 million in state funding.

 “We recognize that there are a lot of opinions on the council and there are many ways of doing things and if it meant including the $32 million question on the ballot, I was willing to accept that compromise,” said Strimling “In speaking with my colleagues, I believe that they will too.”

“This whole issue is really unprecedented,” said Madvodones  “It's the largest bond issue the city has ever undertaken. It involves four schools. It’s a very important item, this gets it before the voters.”

The city council will take up the compromise in April.
The council must approve the plan before it can go to voters.

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