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Ridgefield Voters Approve Budgets, Capital Projects; Deny Land Deal

Voters passed both budgets and five capital projects by wide margins but narrowly defeat land deal.

Ridgefield voters approved the 2014-15 budgets proposed in Tuesday’s referendum — passing the 3.89 percent spending increase and several capital projects by a large margin — but turned down the sale of town-owned land by only six votes.

The final unofficial tally Tuesday night showed the municipal budget passing 1,481-505 (976-vote margin) and the education budget approved 1,323-671 (652-vote margin).

Residents also approved five capital projects included on Tuesday’s ballot but voted down the sale of town-owned property on Sunset Lane.

The land deal, which would have sold just under 10 acres to Toll Brothers Inc. for $4 million, failed by six votes, 961-967.

The capital projects, listed below, were approved for a total of $4,221,800, to be paid through long-term bonding.
  • $1.85 million for Road Repairs — 1,708-285
  • $660,000 for Gay Road Bridge, Town Hall Renovation & Sidewalk Improvements — 1,466-515
  • $710,000 for Highway Mack Truck & Fire Engine — 1,371-610
  • $322,800 for Ballard Park Playground & Clubhouse Renovations — 1,296-687
  • $679,000 for School Building Renovations & Safety Upgrades — 1,403-575
There were 2,011 ballots cast in Tuesday's referendum, representing approximately 12.2 percent of Ridgefield's registered voters.
jonct May 14, 2014 at 09:31 AM
^ Eileen, I live in town and I STILL get nothing for my taxes. I have a sewer bill every year and pay for my own garbage. A $20 million dollar (ugly) library? How much? You are so right, once the kids get through the schools, get out. Time to hand this mess over to a younger man who can struggle with it for the next 25 years.
emmers27 May 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Yea Andrew, that's great. Encourage people to leave if they don't like it. But then what are you going to do? Two thirds of the school bill is paid by people WITHOUT kids. Encourage all the seniors to leave town and then who will cover the costs of sending all those kids to school? The parents? Ha.
IOU May 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM
$220,000 more in funding for the golf course. You are very generous Ridgefield, but when are going to face reality and stop subsidizing golf games and so many other public venues that should be handled by private business?
Tank May 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Whats wrong with the Ballard Park playground? I'm there all the time with my kids. Seems fine to me.

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