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Bethel residents approve budget in referendum

A budget has been approved by Bethel residents.  The municipal budget of $27.63 million, which includes debt service of $3.87 million, was approved on a vote of 1,504 to 719.  The school's building maintenance account of $489,000 is also included in the municipal side of the budget.  The Board of Education budget of $43.6 million was approved on a vote of 1,466 to 749. 


There was a 19% voter turnout.


First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says between town government and the Board of Ed union negotiations, Bethel has been able to save almost a million dollars in health insurance costs.


$1.438 million for capital items was also approved.  Those items include replacing the Codfish Road culvert, drainage improvements on Maple Avenue, lighting for Whittlesey Drive and Greenwood Avenue Walkway repairs. Funding to replace seating at the high school auditorium, a highway garage roof and carbon monoxide system are included.

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