Absentee ballots are available now in Newtown for the April 25th budget referendum. There are capital improvement projects also being decided. The municipal budget is proposed at $40.39 million. The schools are asking for just shy of $73 million. Newtown residents can also say if the revised budget should be higher if they aren't approved on the 25th.
$850,000 for a new roof at Hawley School, $1.8 million for improvements to the Middle School and $750,000 for Phase 2 of the Newtown High School auditorium project are on the ballot. $1 million for paving, $300,000 for planning of a new Police Station and $3 million for a new senior center are also being voted on.
Hawley School's roof replacement would be for the 1948 and 1997 sections. The Middle School improvements include a boiler replacement, new LED lighting and converting from oil to natural gas. PHase 2 of the NHS auditorium program includes replacing stage lighting, lighting controls, AV equipment, rigging components, stage draperies, electrical components and catwalk safety enhancements.
The existing police station is located at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street, and is a tight fit for the 45-member force. The funding on the ballot would go toward a schematic drawing, artistic rendering of a new facility , further site selection progress and analysis of what the actual cost would be for a new police facility.