DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Damariscotta voters rejected a secondary education budget proposal with a 34.97 percent increase during a special town meeting at the town office on Wednesday.

The 2015-2016 budget proposal totals $1,713,896, an increase of $444,092 over the 2014-2015 budget. The secondary education budget includes all expenses for Damariscotta students in grades nine through 12.

Previous budget proposals included a 23.29 percent hike and a 29.46 percent hike. The Damariscotta School Committee approved the third figure the day before the meeting.

Opponents of the budget speaking at the meeting focused on the spike in the budget as a whole and especially on an approximately $200,000 expense for a single special education student to attend school out of state.