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A New Budget Passed at Legislative Council

Amidst many twists and turns, will the new budget pass voters muster?

 

A new budget was created at last night’s Legislative Council meeting. The final determination called for expenditures of $106,406 523 with the revenue set at $106,606,523.

These new numbers resulted in a 1.07 percent tax increase.  

The results were based on what the LC believed would pass at the next referendum, which will be held on June 5 from 6 am to 8 pm.

There was some surprise on the part of the board when members of the public came forward during the voter comments and announced they had voted “no”  at the previous referendum because they wanted the original budget to be brought back to the table.  

LC members stated that during the course of the day, many of them had received letters that expressed similar feelings.  Whether or not those actions caused the budget to fail on May 15 was not determined, however the budget failed by only 77 votes.

LC council member Mary Ann Jacob stated that in her opinion, not enough people came out to vote. 

Please Note: The referendum date was originally noted as June 1.  That date in the article has been changed to June 5. 

 

Kevin May 31, 2012 at 04:33 PM
OK Bruce lets compare salaries of School Administrators to town Officials. Teachers deserve their money really not sure the upper echeolon is worth what it makes!
Brenda Lobdell May 31, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Sam, thanks for the reply..I am still a bit confused though...the BOE is part of the overall town..so why is't there a debt service #/$ on their side of the budget for their spending? I just think it would be more tansparent, no? Guess I'm being "simple". :-)
Michelle Ku May 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM
"How much rent do WE collect from the BOE?" "why isn't there a debt service #/$ on THEIR side of the budget..." What I want to know is how did we get to this place of "ours" and "theirs"? Don't we all live in Newtown? Why are the schools "them" and not "us"? And why are we scrutinizing every dollar spent on education, while a $745K savings in the town budget is just now coming to light?
Newtown School June 06, 2012 at 03:24 AM
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Newtown School June 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Newtown residents please realize our school administration is way too high. Having three vice principals at the high school is administratively irresponsible! Please stop cutting services from our students and start cutting from the administraiton! Having more than 1 or 2 security guards at the high school is not ok! And the bullying reports have gone up! Po, our educational system is administratively excessive! Please contact an actuary and go line-by-line into the educational budget. The numbers are staggering! We need programs for our students and way less administration for the salary!! Please wake-up Newtown residents! In our elementary schools, "lead teachers" act as vice principals for our el-ed schools. Not Necessary! Having an Assistant Athletic Director at the high school level - unnecessary! Too many lines in the budget to report - not okay! Please stop the waste!!!!!!

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