Bethel residents have again rejected a proposed municipal budget. After two votes, the Board of Finance cut $381,000 from the spending plan, bringing it down to about $26.8 million. $151,000 was cut in the second round after $230,000 was cut when the first proposal failed.
The municipal budget goes back to the Board of Finance for more cuts, but the town will start the new fiscal year next week without a new plan in place.
The first vote failed, after a recount, by less than 10 votes. The second referendum failed by about 300. This vote had just a 36 ballot difference.