PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland taxpayers would see an increase if the Superintendent's 2015 budget is passed.
Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk presented the $102 million budget to the school committee Tuesday evening.
The school committee accepted the budget, which is $4 million more than the 2014 budget, and passed it on to the finance committee for review.
Taxpayers would see a 3.7% increase if voters approve this budget.
Superintendent Caulk said after having to eliminate 45 positions in last year's budget, he is committeed to maintaining staff levels this year.
He said the biggest drivers for the budget increase were higher health care costs for employees, debt service payments, and facility upkeep costs.