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Ridgefield Votes Tuesday on 3.89 Percent Spending Increase

Proposed budget would increase the mill rate by 2.49 percent.

Ridgefield voters and property owners (with more than $1,000 in assessed value) are called to cast their ballots in the annual budget referendum Tuesday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Yanity Gym.

The proposed 2014-15 budget includes $33,281,685 in spending for municipal operations (a 2.97 percent increase over 2013-14) and $85,244,727 allocated for education (a 2.86 percent increase over the current year).

The budget also includes $12,990,695 in debt service payments and $1,850,000 for road improvement projects — to be voted on individually Tuesday — for a total of $133,367,107, a 3.89 percent increase in spending.

If approved Tuesday, the proposal would increase the mill rate by 0.63 points (2.49 percent), from 25.38 to 26.01.

Tuesday’s ballot also includes questions on four capital projects and the sale of almost 10 acres of town-owned land on Sunset Lane for $4 million.

Download a sample ballot above for more on each question.
Tank May 12, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Vote NO! Please vote NO! Our mill rate is higher than all DRG towns. Vote no!
Leoj May 13, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Only one poll open ... Sure to minimize turn out ...
PTA Parent May 13, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Do we ever say it's too much? I have to laugh at the parents. They approve everything and then are forced to move out of town because they can't afford the taxes anymore. When they are sitting in a run down condo in Danbury, I wonder if they ever look back and regret their choices here in Ridgefield.
Jamieos May 13, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Gimme - gimme - gimme and "You fellas outta bond this - buy this pay for this". Latest outrage the library - and won't we have to pay more to staff that monstrosity? They come to town, vote for school increases and/or other things they deem desirable or necessary and the rest of us end up paying for it. I voted no on everything today, except for the new firetruck ad the Gay Road bridge. Felt good
Tank May 13, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Saw a good Senior turnout today. That is good news.

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