Ridgefield voters pass town, school budgets

A $148 million operating budget passed at referendum Tuesday.
Ridgefield voters approved a $47,793,923 town budget with 1,386 ‘yes’ votes to 321 ‘no’ votes. The town budget was a “zero percent increase” from the 2018-19 town operating budget.
Residents also passed a $98,193,760 school budget, representing a 3.36 percent spending increase over the current year’s Board of Education budget, with 1,146 ‘yes’ votes to 566 ‘no votes.’
The votes were "unofficial" as of Tuesday at 9 p.m. as town officials awaited final counts from the two registrars.
Road and infrastructure improvements, totaling $1,840,000, passed 1,489 ‘yes’ to 217 ‘no.’
Six capital budget questions, totaling more than $4 million in proposed capital expenditures that would be financed with borrowing, also passed at Tuesday’s referendum.
More than 1,700 residents voted Tuesday night — down from last year's budget referendum. 
There were 1,925 votes tallied, 1,524 to 401 in favor of town spending. The vote took place during the 2018 macroburst that blew through northern Ridgefield, and left dozens trapped in their homes and even more without power.
The 2018-19 school, town and road repair budgets totaled over $144 million, and required a 1.8% tax increase.