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.”

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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