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Newtown residents have approved a budget for the coming fiscal year.  Both the municipal and education portions, totalling $120.2 million, passed during yesterday's referendum. 

It represents a 1.56 percent increase in taxes over the current year.  There was low voter turnout. 

Residents also approved $1 million for road paving and funding for boiler replacements at two schools.  The $290,000 question for pickleball courts at the Fairfield Hills campus, which would have been offset by an anonymous $25,000 donation, failed by a wide margin.  Unofficial results are that it was rejected 2,136 to 699.

The school budget was approved 1,527 to 1,351 and the operating budget passed by 1,763 to 1,107.