Voters Say 'Yes' To Town, School Budgets Despite Low Turnout

All seven questions on the ballot were approved Tuesday.

Update, Monday 5:45 a.m.

All questions passed voters' approval last night, according to the original story below.

"People were pleased with the job the town did putting the budget together," said First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

"Even the close questions passed overwhelmingly," Marconi added.

He cited the lowering of taxes, the minimum expenses and conservative increases as reasons the budget was less contentious than usual, leading to a low turnout of just over 12 percent.

Only 2,018 voters came to the polls.

The following is each question and the number of votes:


Question Yes No 1: $45,384,931 town operating 1642 365 2: $81,269,473 school operating
1531 484 3: $235,000 police dispatch 1508 490 4: $1,760,000 roads 1632 372 5: $630,000 building repairs/equipment 1515 475 6: $905,000 sidewalk/paving/traffic lights 1560 432 7: $750,000 school capital 1557 447

Original story

Marking the end of an uncontentious budget season, Ridgefielders overwhelmingly voted to approve both the and operating budgets, as well as all capital items.

But was a different story -- 12.3 percent of registered voters came to the polls Tuesday, as opposed to the almost 30 percent that showed up last year.

With all questions approved, taxes will decrease by 1.15 percent in 2012-13.

Check back tomorrow morning for an update with unofficial results and a reaction from First Selectman Rudy Marconi.

oldtimer May 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM
It baffles me why people fall into line to vote yes for EVERYTHING knowing that the powers to be will have to go back to the drawing board & come up with plan B. I have on occasion voted yes, but rarely!
ali May 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Actually, the move is beginning. Do you ever go to the Library?
Phil D. May 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
So only 12% of the town voters were active yesterday. I'm left wondering what the other 8 in 10 were doing?
John Symon May 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I do go to the library. Two weeks ago they were replacing shrubs and mulching. Signs of a construction site?
Linda Lavelle May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
They didn't bother to vote because the Press said we're getting a tax cut and nobody paid attention to the 2.6% budget increase. If you remove the CL&P refund of overcharges, our taxes would have gone up. And they'll go up next year offset again by the rest of the refund, but hold onto your hats for year 3 when we'll get socked with a 5 - 7% tax increase.


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