Southbury voters passed the proposed 2014-15 municipal operating budget by almost 600 votes in Wednesday’s referendum, however voters in both Southbury and Middlebury rejected the education budget proposed by Region 15.
Voters in Southbury approved a 1.1 percent spending increase by an unofficial count of 1,829-1,241.
Local voters denied the education budget request for a 4.77 percent spending increase 1,501-1,574.
Region 15 residents in Middlebury also voted down the education proposal, 419-754. The total tally Wednesday night was 1,920 votes in favor to 2,328 against.
The municipal budget will go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year, July 1, however the education budget must now go back to the Board of Education for revision before being put to voters again.