A vote is being held in Ridgefield today on the proposed Rainbow Lake Tax District. The referendum is being held at Ridgebury School through 8pm, asking a yes or no question on if the Rainbow Lake Tax District should be established. The referendum is being run by residents who live in the proposed district, not the town.
State statutes call for the vote to pass by a two-thirds majority.
The 41 acre lake is shallow and has had algae blooms in the water recently. Advocates say a Tax District would be a better way to finance upkeep of the water quality. Opponents say the tax district is gerrymandered to exclude those who would vote no.
There are about 200 homes or properties in the proposed district. A similar plan was rejected in 2002.