Ridgefield votes to give residents more time to cast 2021 budget ballots

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Ridgefield residents voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a charter amendment that will ultimately give them more time to vote on the town budget.

Approximately 26 residents — 16 in person at the Ridgefield Playhouse and 10 on Zoom — cast votes during the special town meeting authorizing two charter-altering measures for specific budget adoption dates.

Residents first gave the OK for a temporary clause modification only affecting the 2021 budget year. Then, they voted to move up the annual budget meeting date — the meeting where the town votes to send the budget proposal to a referendum.

The meeting, originally scheduled for May 3, was pushed up to allow residents cast absentee ballots more time. As it stood, residents only had a small window to cast their ballots but now have some wiggle room.

Residents will cast their votes for the budget on April 24 and the referendum is expected to be on May 11.