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Referendum Voter Count Low, So Far

Less voters than usual have come out for today's referendum.

 

By 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, 760 people had already come to the Newtown Middle School to vote in the referendum.  LeReine Frampton, Democratic registrar,

While the turn-out may be low early in the day, those voters who did show up today had strong feelings about the budget.

Margaret Malone, 87, is so passionate about politics, her friends think she is running for mayor.  Sitting in the General Store with her friend Gloria Snyder, 82, Malone said, “We’re seniors.  We are going to vote against the budget.”

“What’s a million dollars to them,” Snyder asked. “We can’t live in our house without a budget, and I think when people get into politics, they lose perspective.  It’s not their money.”

Also sipping his coffee at the General store was Jim Psichopaidas, 55.  Psichopaidas has just put his house on the market.  “Everything has gotten too expensive in Connecticut.  The taxes are too high, and I don’t know what you get for it.”

With a gleam in his eye, Psichopaidas said, “We need a revolt.”

Outside of the middle school, mother Donna Raab said she thinks spending has gotten out of control.  “With 450 less children, I believe there are places to cut. They are talking about closing a school because there are 450 less kids, that should cut costs.  I think NHS has to get back to basics.”

Steven Alesivich, father of two young children, came out of the middle school and said he did vote for the budget.  “I would honestly like to see it pass,” he said, his two year old daughter quiet in his arms. “I have a 5 year old going to kindergarten next year, and in the grand scheme of things, I think Newtown’s real estate is positively effected by the quality of the school.”

Alsevich said he understood the difficulty of budgeting with a decrease in students.  “With fixed costs, it will take time, because those costs are there.  A lot of people want taxes to go down, but you can’t have it both ways.”

Celeste May 15, 2012 at 08:28 PM
In my opinion we can't afford to pass this budget. I personally won't vote yes for something that will hurt my children's education. I voted yes to the first budget but no to this budget. I wrote my letter to the LC and will be at the next meeting to show my support for giving money back to the BOE. Lets make cuts across the board if we want lower taxes don't stick it to education. If you want better schools for Newtown then stand up and fight for them. I won't be bullied by threats from the LC that they will make more cuts to our education budget. If we stand up for our kids hopefully we will be heard.
Mr D. May 15, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I would have voted No the first time waround (was out of town) but voted Yes this time. The new budget is increasing slower than inflation (1.8% v. 2.7%) and at 0.6% year-to-year growth the school budget is actually shrinking by 2% in constant dollars. That seems reasonable in view of shriking enrollment, but doesn't gut the school budget. And the expenditure buget also made sense to me...
Geraldine Carley May 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Celeste, unfortunately it doesn't end up working the way you hope. A rejection of this budget will just send us back to a third referendum with no chance of more being given back to the education side. It will just mean further cuts and who knows what that will mean.
BOESaysnoFDKSo I VOTE NO May 15, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Not true Geraldine. $$ have been restored to Education after a failed referendum. It happened as recently as 2010 I believe. You can look it up on the bee.
Alex Tytler May 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The Obama recession has done a pretty good job.
Alex Tytler May 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
JustmovetoRidgefield.
Alex Tytler May 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The counter was 2020 at 3:00 PM.
DONNA DEVINE May 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM
oh darn iit. i forgot tovote
Alex Tytler May 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM
How about your house???
Alex Tytler May 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Because the methodology of that poll places great value on things like spending per pupil and other meaningless PC criteria, not on performance, where Newtown trounces Masuk and Brookfield put together.
Geraldine Carley May 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Could you please provide a link?
yoda May 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
was it the weather that kept you from going out?
Geraldine Carley May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Here's a current assessment of our budget: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/newtown-officials-urge-voters-to-approve-2012-budget If you know something I'm not aware of I'd love to hear about it.
Eric Paradis May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
You still have 39 minutes according to my clock.
DONNA DEVINE May 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM
dont dare to drive now, hadsome wine
taxpayer May 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Once again....... how does more money equate better education? Throwing more money into the pot is not going to automatically make things better. Greenwich CT spends $5,000 MORE per pupil than Newtown yet they only scored a lousy two points more on the state tests than Newtown. Are two points worthy of $5,000? I think not. Time to revamp the entire system so they can actually educate the children and not just throw away money. There is too much waste.
BOESaysnoFDKSo I VOTE NO May 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Geraldine - I wouldn't know where to begin....
GRC May 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The Newtown budget reminds me of Macy's. They overprice everything and then run it on sale for 30% off and people think they are getting a bargain.
Geraldine Carley May 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
But you said I could find information in The Bee..I'm just asking for guidance to find the answers. This is exactly why I don't like The Patch or any other online venue where the contributors don't have to reveal their true identities. I like to deal with facts.
BOESaysnoFDKSo I VOTE NO May 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Geraldine - Go to the BEE Archives June 2010 This is exactly why I don't like lazy people - you just read something and believe it and can't even be bothered to do a simple google search to figure out something for yourself.
Alex Tytler May 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Mommy vote prefers wine to voting...
Alex Tytler May 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
The second round budget referendum has failed. There were 2,023 No votes, and 1,946 Yes votes, a difference of 77 votes.
Alex Tytler May 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Hello?
BOESaysnoFDKSo I VOTE NO May 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM
AT - how did you get the news?
GRC May 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Getting closer....Another million should do it!
Eric Paradis May 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Bee tweeted it from the middle school as the vote was read.
Geraldine Carley May 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Thank you for calling me out as a lazy person. I simply asked you for a link because you vaguely said it was on the bee. (The Newtown Bee)
Geraldine Carley May 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM
According to BOESaysnoFDKSo I VOTE NO I have finally been lazy enough to find what I believe you are referring to. Thank you for your helpful advice. I also find it very interesting that very few citizens even bothered to vote. http://newtownbee.com/News/2010-04-29__13-28-48/Bee’s+Budget+Survey,+Like+Referendum,+Lacked+Widespread+Participation
Diane May 16, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Geraldine and BOESaysnoFDKSo I VOTE NO : I found this article in the Newtown Patch archives which speaks to restored budget following a failed referendum: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/legislative-council-restores-200000-to-school-budget
Paul Alexander May 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM
What recession Sully???? The "Watch the 10-year US Treasury yield close at ALL-TIME lows today" recession. Yeah, that one. Wow!

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