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.