Newtown residents are voting on a budget today. Overall there is a 1.6 percent spending increase. The municipal budget proposal is $40.5million. The proposed school portion of the budget is $73.66 million. The advisory questions ask if the proposed Board of Selectmen or Board of Education budgets are too low.
The municipal budget proposal was reduced by an overall $519,000 by Finance and Legislative Council. The Board of Education's proposal was also reduced by $100,000.
First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Legislative Council at their meeting earlier this month that there are many initiatives they are hoping will make an impact in the next fiscal year. Items like the Hawleyville sewers, a shared services initiative and municipal spaces needs study are designed to capture operational savings and generate new revenue streams.
Llodra says town leaders are very cognizant of the need to reduce spending. But she says there are several things they can't control, including the revenue stream from the state.
Residents can vote on the budget at the middle school until 8pm. Primary voting takes place at regular polling locations.