New Milford voters will have to cast ballots a second time for a budget for the coming fiscal year. There was low voter turnout yesterday, and the Board of Education portion of the spending plan was rejected by 18 votes. Even though the municipal budget was approved, both have to be voted on again. The Town Council will have to meet to discuss revisions.
The proposal voted on yesterday included $62.2 million for the Board of Education, a $1 million increase over the current year.
Mayor David Gronbach proposed a municipal budget with no spending increase, but the Board of Finance added $448,000, bringing the proposal to 36-point-6 million. The state budget ended up sending about $500,000 less to New Milford than projected.
The municipal budget, and $1.6 million for capital projects, gained approval by an approximate 200 vote margin.