RIDGEFIELD \u2014 Residents at the annual town meeting Saturday approved next year\u2019s budget for referendum without a single question. According to Cynthia Bruno, the town\u2019s Democratic Registrar of Voters, more than 80 people gathered under a tent at the Richard Venus Complex to hear presentations from the town\u2019s boards regarding their respective budgets for the upcoming year. Both the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education presented their proposals to attendants and were given the green light to move their spending plans to the May 11 referendum, which was originally scheduled for May 3. Last month, Ridgefield approved an amendment to the town charter to give residents more time to vote this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Superintendent Susie Da Silva both said there weren\u2019t any objections to either presentation, and Marconi added that he was \u201csurprised\u201d to find there wasn\u2019t a single question asked. \u201cThree-tenths of an increase in a budget really (doesn\u2019t) make for an issue,\u201d he added. \u201cIf the average taxpayer pays $13,000 a year, it\u2019s roughly a $40 increase; that\u2019s why I think maybe there wasn\u2019t any question (or) why the attendance wasn\u2019t great.\u201d Da Silva said that while final insurance savings outlined in the Board of Education\u2019s budget remain unknown, the schools have been awarded multiple grants this year that will support their remaining needs. \u201cWe were pleased that here wasn\u2019t any resistance to the Board of Education budget during the town meeting,\u201d she added. \u201cI\u2019m grateful for the work of the board and the Ridgefield Public Schools staff to get to this point and appreciate the support of the community at Saturday\u2019s meeting.\u201d As it stands, the current budget appropriates about $38.3 million toward the town\u2019s operating expenditures, $102.3 million for school expenses and roughly $9.78 million to Ridgefield\u2019s debt service. Board of Finance Chairman David Ulmer said he hopes the budget will pass considering there was no opposition at the town meeting, and indicated that he would love to see more people come out and vote. Absentee ballots for the May 11 referendum are available in the Town Clerk\u2019s office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon on May 1 and May 8. For more information call 203-431-2783 or email email@example.com.