Voters reject land sale, pass budgets

Ridgefielders rejected a proposed $4 million land sale by six votes Tuesday, while comfortably passing $133 million town and school budget.

The selectmen’s proposed sale of 10 acres of former Schlumberger land to the nationwide construction firm Toll Brothers went down 961 ‘yes’ to 967 ‘no.’

Toll Brothers had planned 30 condominium on the site, and had expected to market them in the $700,000 range.

The League of Women Voters, which led the campaign against the proposal, advocated use of the land to address affordable housing needs.

“Not good for the town,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said after the results of the land sale vote were announced at Yanity gym. “We’ll have to see what the League of Women Voters wants to do, now.”

A plan by a subsidiary of Fairfield County Bank to build housing there fell through when the bank backed out amid what it saw as a negative reaction.

All seven questions on the town, school and capital budgets were approved in the annual referendum, with the school budget passing 1,323 ‘yes’ to 671 ‘no.’

“Very happy,” Schools Superintendent Deborah Low said. “Great budget — it has a lot of good things for kids at a reasonable price. I’m glad the voters saw that.”

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