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Newtown residents have approved a budget and two capital items.  Turn out for yesterday's referendum was about 17-percent.  The spending plan is a 1-percent tax rate increase.  The budget for the coming fiscal year is $41-million for the town and $76-million for the schools.  Residents also approved $1.685 million to replace the roof on Middle Gate School, and about  $1.5 million in additional funding for road repairs and improvements.  Newtown residents will likely be asked about funding for a new police station on the August 14th primary ballot or the November general election ballot.