Southbury Town Budget Passes Wednesday; Region 15 Budget Fails

Municipal budget approved by healthy margin. Education budget suffers narrow defeat in Southbury.

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.
Southbury Mom May 10, 2014 at 07:46 PM
My letter is all set to go out first thing Monday morning. Hoping more people will join in.
Claudia Chapman May 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM
It's a division if we choose to see it that way. There are two sides if we choose to look at it in that way. Another way to look at it is that we're a community that has a problem which we need to solve. We need to listen to one another, work together and search for a way to solve the problem.
Lifelong Southbury Resident May 11, 2014 at 01:55 PM
I choose to have the school budget funded. Just because I "see" that it should be doesn't mean it was. I wish it was as simple as you imply Claudia. The point is there ARE literally two ways to vote - yes or no. Again, my point is that regardless of your point of view and the way people voted last time, SEND THE LETTER. It will benefit BOTH sides. Let's not pretend that there isn't division. The reality is that there is and has been for years. Maybe if the letters are sent and we get the funding needed it will help to smooth things over and everyone can be happy with the outcome.
John May 13, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Which of our elected officials should be lobbying the state of CT on our behalf? Is it best for a few dozen citizens to send the letter? Is it better to get an online petition going? Many options to pursue. Which will yield the best results? Are other towns lobbying better than our town is? Why are we getting screwed by the state of CT??
Claudia Chapman May 14, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Send a hand-written, personal letter. My understanding is that legislators don't pay all that much attention to cut-and-paste letters which are obviously copied from a form letter. But they believe an actual hand-written letter, where the writer takes the time to compose their own thoughts is representative of the feelings of at least 100 other people in the community who are thinking the same thing, but don't take the time to write.


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