Will third time be the charm with budget?

The town budget will go to a third vote following the defeat of the second budget referendum on May 28 by a total of 754-458.

The second budget proposal was for a $40,951,202 spending plan. 

The proposal included $981,603 for capital improvements, an increase of $3,935 or 0.4%;
$988,103 for debt service, a decrease of $31,925 or 3.13%;
$14,281,495 for the town, an increase of $332,233 or 2.38%;
and $24,700,700 for the Board of Education, an increase of $1,250,000 or 5.33%.

Overall, the budget would have been an increase of $1,554,244 or 3.95%.

The mill rate would have been set at 34.99, an increase of 1.09 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The third budget referendum will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 11. Proposed budget figures were unavailable at press time.

On May 14 residents voted down a $41,303,202 budget by a vote of 840-564.

If a budget is not passed by a third referendum, under the town charter a budget would be automatically set with a 2% increase over the previous year’s spending plan.

Last year the budget passed on the first ballot, but in 2016 and 2017, budgets were passed on the third referendum.

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