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Bethel voters defeated the nearly 27 million proposed municipal budget by a larger margin than last month's referendum.

This second proposal was $230,000 less than the first town budget..

Nearly 300 more "no" votes were cast this time.


The turnout of about 24 percent was slightly higher than the 22 percent turnout on May 15.

First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says he is upset and extremely disappointed...he says the small turnout of voters has harmed the ability of the town to provide the services the town needs."

Billy Michael of the Bethel Action Committee says he is not surprised at the rejection given the economy in Ct. 

Michael claims some bethel residents are just fed up with town issues such as the amount of time it took to open the Walnut Hill Bridge and the medical marijuana dispensary that will be located in the Stony Hill section of town.

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