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Budget referendum in Ridgefield today

Ridgefield residents are deciding on seven items in a referendum vote today.  The municipal budget is proposed at $47 million.  The proposed Education budget is $92.6 million.  Capital improvement projects are also being decided.  The budget represents a 1.92 mill rate increase.


First Selectman Rudy Marconi is encouraging people to vote today.  If residents don't have a ride to the polls, he asked that they call town hall so one can be arranged.


Residents are being asked to approve $1.84 million for road and infrastructure improvement. 


$900,000 for Branchville transit infrastructure improvements will be decided.  It's anticipated that state grants will cover all expenditures under the appropriation.  Marconi says this money will not be spent if the grant is not received.


Funding for public works items are on the ballot.  That resolution includes $182,882 for a highway Mack Truck, $170,805 for a John Deere loader, $235,000 for an Ambulance and $400,000 for the replacement fuel tanks. 


Ridgefield officials are also seeking approval for $950,000 to repair water and structural damage to the Recreation Center.


The last item on the ballot deals with items for the schools.  $378,770 for school energy conservation measures, which is expected to result in $78,857 of incentive savings.  Marconi says this is the third phase of the project with Eversource.  Once this part of the work is done, the town will receive a check for $250,000.  The question also deals with $550,000 for a school phone system upgrade and $106,000 for school sidewalk and curbing repairs are being considered.  

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