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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:54 am

WESTBROOK - The process of finalizing the Westbrook school and city budgets moved one step closer to completion last week, as the School Committee gave its unanimous approval to the school budget and sent it on to the City Council for review.

School Superintendent Marc Gousse said that the $31 million school budget is up approximately $130,000 over the 2011-2012 spending plan. It would represent a tax increaseof approximately $74 on a $190,000 home.

The municipal budget of $23.1 is down about $164,000 and will not cause a tax increase.

The council is scheduled to hold its first discussion and a preliminary vote on the combined city and school budget at a meeting in Westbrook High School’s room 114 on May 7 at 7 p.m.

If the budget passes the preliminary vote, the council will hold a final budget vote on May 14. While the municipal budget would be finalized at that time, the school budget still needs to be approved by voters in a referendum June 12.

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