Ridgefield have approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that increases the tax rate by about 2.49 percent. The $133-million budget for the coming fiscal year is a 3.89 percent spending increase over the current year. It's a proposed $46 million municipal budget and an $85 million Board of Education budget.
$1.8 million in road repairs and paving was overwhelmingly approved. Other capital items were also approved. That included rebuilding Gay Road bridge, sidewalk construction and Town Hall renovations. A new Mack truck and fire truck replacement were approved. The Ballard Park playground will be renovated along with repairs to the clubhouse at Ridgefield Golf Club. School security investments, improvements to the network operations center and wireless network funding was approved. Lighting and voltage protection and repairs to the Ridgefield High School facade were approved.
Ridgefield residents rejected a proposed $4-million sale of 10 acres of land of the former Schlumberger site to Toll Bothers for a condo development. The proposal was defeated by just 6 votes. It was 961 to 967.