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Redding residents voting on budget plans today

There is a budget referendum in Redding today.  Residents are being asked to vote on a total $48.2 million.  That includes an approximately $14.8 million municipal proposal, $20.8 million for the Redding Board of Education and $12.7 million for Redding's share of the Region 9 school budget. 


The overall budget is about a 1-percent increase over the current fiscal year.  Redding's share of the Region 9 budget also includes an increase because of higher enrollment at Joel Barlow High School. 


Health insurance costs were one of the biggest increases in the municipal budget.


First Selectman Julia Pemberton says there is concern on the part of all area municipalities about the impact from a proposed reduction in state aide.  School funding from the state is also up in the air.


Polls are open until 8pm.