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New Milford residents approve a budget for next fiscal year

By slim margins, New Milford residents approved a budget.  The $38.2 million municipal plan was approved on a vote of 1,469 to 1,279.  The $62.8 million school budget was approved 1,403 to 1,342, just 61 votes.


Voter turnout was nearly 17-percent.


The budget is about 1.2 percent more in spending over the current year.


The New Milford Superintendent of Schools has outlined where certain cuts would have to be made because the Board of Finance approved a budget smaller than they requested. There are also some unknowns when it comes to state education aid. The proposed school budget is still $1.1 million more than the current fiscal year.


The first place cuts will be made are to insurance and workmen's comp. The next year would be to put off new initiatives, including the purchase of a digital fingerprint scanner. Cuts will then be made to sports gear, field trips and personnel.