What is the message in this new pattern of budget rejections? There may be some plausible factors that are emerging that were not previously evident in the past. Every election result represents the thinking of those who voted. In this most recent defeat of the budget, there seems to be a segment of the population that is unwilling to support the sharp rise in the mill rate that will increase the real estate taxes of some seniors by 30 percent.
With the eyes of a nation still interested, and somewhat curious about how the town moves forward. the message is clear: We don’t really care that much. For the second time this spring one out of three eligible voters managed to make it to the polls. Apparently the other 2/3rds of the voters are very busy and don’t have the time. Not my problem so to speak… Just like every other year… Status quo… Really?
First Selectman Pat Llodra and various officials from the Boards of Education and Finance and the Legislative Council will be available to hear from and respond to taxpayer questions during the final two open office sessions at Newtown Municipal Center.
After 12/14, Newtown was the closest, most kind, loving and generous community. That has helped my family and other families to begin the healing process, but now we are in the dreaded and divisive budget season.
The Board of Education was informed at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the district has implemented a budget freeze for the current spending year.
With the end of the current fiscal year approaching, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and district Business Director Ronald Bienkowski explained why the school district has implemented a budget freeze that will only allow costs that are considered “musts” to go through.
The First Selectmen’s Office will be open for extended hours beginning May 6 for residents who wish to discuss the second-round budget proposal heading for the May 14 referendum.
According to a release from First Selectman Patricia Llodra, representatives of the Legislative Council, Board of Education, and Board of Finance may be on hand during several of the sessions, and will available to answer questions and hear concerns.
It is not uncommon for people working in a newspaper office to hear themselves described by others as having their fingers on the pulse of the town. But from where we sit, the business of community assessment and diagnosis is not as simple as that. Newtown’s lifeblood flows from myriad hearts beating, at times, in cacophonous syncopation. And rarely is it more difficult to discern what the heart of the town is telling us than in the wake of a failed budget referendum.