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Southbury Town, School Budgets Pass by Large Margin

Voter turnout strong; both budgets pass in Southbury.

The Southbury municipal budget and the Region 15 school budget both passed by a wide margin Wednesday.

The town budget, a $19 million figure and a 1.3 percent increase in the town’s operating budget from the previous year, passed by a count of 2,012 to 350.

The Region 15 budget, a $60 million figure and a zero percent increase from the previous year, was approved by a count of 1,897 – 468 in Southbury, and 515 – 445 in Middlebury, for a total of 2,412 – 913.

2,368 residents, or nearly 18 percent of Southbury voters, made it to the polls on Wednesday. Poll moderator Fay Deforest said she was very pleased with the turnout.

“It was really beyond what I was expecting,” said Deforest. “There was a heavy stream of people all day, everyone was very enthusiastic, it was wonderful to see.”

Official Results:

QUESTION 1: “Shall the Town of Southbury appropriate the sum of $19,134,875 for the municipal budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013?

Yes: 2,012
No: 350

QUESTION 2: “Shall the proposed 2012 - 2013 Budget of the Pomperaug Regional School District #15 in the amount of $ 60,251,578 be adopted?”

Yes: 1,897
No: 468

adfffffffffff May 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM
This is somewhere north of 13k per student this year.
Pgmr9 May 03, 2012 at 10:20 AM
thanks to the people of Southbury for voting for a TAX increase, NICE JOB
Gary May 03, 2012 at 12:42 PM
How much of the $60 plus million is for salaries and administration. Everbody needs an assistant. They get paid huge salaries but can't do the job alone. We only have seven schools so almost $10 million per school with PHS using the bigger share. So what will the BOE do according to them they will hire SIX more staff!!!
Doug Ziemke May 03, 2012 at 12:52 PM
With this vote, the Southbury tax rate actually decreased by 1% to a 21.2 mill rate.
James Patchen May 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The town voters have sent a clear and loud message to the Board of Education and Dr. Sippy that fiscal responsibility is not required for their budget. With the current student enrollment projections, this budget is excessive. Being approved by the voters does not change that reality.
See the truth May 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Southbury boasts a leading edge and comprehensive school system that steps far ahead of most in the state. The vote clearly shows that the majority of folks are happy about that. Great job Soutbury!
Pgmr9 May 03, 2012 at 02:55 PM
let's see here a 1.3% increase in the budget , yet a decrease in the mil rate, so where is this increase in spending going to come from THIN AIR
Mark May 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Use facts, buddy. The money comes from an increase in the grand list -- the aggregate value of all properties in the town -- while the percentage taxed is reduced. Complain as you will, you're in the stark minority. 5.75 times as many people disagree with you than agree!
Gary May 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
This is an assesment year, when property values drop the mil will go up.
Pgmr9 May 04, 2012 at 09:36 AM
remember this when you are writing out your check for your supplementary tax bill

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