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Newtown Budget Fails Again by 19 Votes

The Legislative Council will convene again to decide on a 5th budget to put in front of the voters.

 

Newtown’s fourth budget referendum has failed once again. It’s been over two months since the first budget vote in April and the Legislative Council still has not put forth a budget that Newtown voters will approve.

This failed budget would have been a .9% increase to Newtown taxpayers. Two distinct groups of voters combined to narrowly defeat this budget for the fourth time. One group advocates “no” increase in the budget and the other group advocates adding more to the education budget. 

This presents a dilemma for the Legislative Council. They will again deliberate Wednesday evening to recommend yet another budget for the town. 

The first vote on Newtown’s 2012-2013 budget referendum took place on April 24th and represented a 2.34% tax increase. 

The Legislative Council interpreted the significant no vote to mean the voters wanted a decrease to the budget so one day after the initial budget referendum failed they voted 10 - 1 to decrease the education side of the budget by $1 million. 

On May 15th the budget referendum, which now represented a 1.28% tax increase to taxpayers, went down in failure by 77 votes.

The Legislative Council then unanimously approved reducing the fund balance expense by $200,000 and did not make any other adjustments. This resulted in more voters who wanted money added back to the education budget to advocate a no vote. 

On June 5th the third budget failed by 114 votes so the Legislative Council then passed a budget that took $240 thousand from a fund balance and give the Board of Education $200 thousand of it that could be used for capital projects and reduced the Selectmen’s budget by a net of $120,000 after they were given $40,000 from the fund balance to use.  

The voters defeated this budget today by 19 votes.  

The Legislative Council will meet at 7:30pm  in the Board Room of the Municipal Center Wednesday evening to further discuss the 2012- 2013 budget. 

JED July 03, 2012 at 01:01 AM
The fat needs to be trimmed from the school system ie how many principals and assistant principals does ONE school need! Get rid of some of the Chiefs and put the funds back into helping the teachers and students. Ask the First Select person ( love the political correct ) why contracts for road drains do not include resurfacing? Due the budget not passing, one town road has been patched but will have to be DUG UP and RESURFACED at a later date when the budget passes and funds are available. Who would agree to an open ended contract? How much more waste is being pooh-poohed and deflected from the people?
Rodney Munos July 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
My tax bill is 8000, way too high, I am self employed and lucky to save that kind of money to hand over to the town to be wasted, my phone is not ringing , no work, property values are like in 1997, why did we make living in Newtown so expensive, it's killing us all, the taxes should go down not up, enough with the lies and wasted money, cut the fat, 2 million per week is a huge amount of money, why you need more ?
Rodney Munos July 11, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Just think about if the budget passes on Thursday, the town wins, they always get what they want, increase in the budget by half a percent or so to ridiculous 106 million, crazy 2 million every week. The other people who vote no last 4 times, are completely ignored, Be warned, double dip recession is here and it will be worse then 08, why would you spend more money running the town if you don't have to? Why ?Can anyone explain to me why you need to spend more then 2 million a week? This is ABSURD. I think the town leadership needs to change, this is a perfect time to do it, smaller government, less services, less waste ! Let's face the facts here, you know that they will want more money again next year !
Gina Wessen August 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
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Jodie September 01, 2012 at 04:29 AM
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