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Erroneous ballots used by some Brookfield budget referendum voters

Brookfield residents have approved a budget for the coming fiscal year. 

First Selectman Tara Carr says there was an issue that needed be cleared up before results were certified. 49 ballots from the May 2021 budget referendum were erroneously distributed between 6pm and 7pm at the high school on Tuesday. 

Local officials reached out to the Secretary of the State's office that night, but were told since the budget is done by charter, the oversight is with the town attorney.  But the Office noted that the State Elections Enforcement Commission watchdog agency is separate from the Secretary of the State. 

Those 49 ballots had no impact on the outcome of the referendum results. 

According to unofficial results from the Town Clerk's Office, 1,049 people voted yes for the municipal budget while 751 voted no.  More voters said the budget was too high, though nearly as many said it was adequate and about half as many said it was too low. 

About 1,100 people voted for the Board of Education budget, while 670 voted no.  Most voters said it was adequate, while nearly as many said it was too high and far less said too low.   The question on bonding for capital items was approved by a similar margin. 

There was about 14 percent voter turnout.  The  $67.8 million for the schools and a town operating budget of $41.8 million increases the mill rate 3.15 percent. 

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