Voters approve $48-million sewer upgrade
With all four districts reporting, Ridgefield’s $48-million sewer plant renovation appears headed to approval with 6,173 ‘yes’ votes to 4,335 ‘no.’ Voters also strongly favored separation of the Inland Wetlands Board from the Planning and Zoning Commission, with 7,920 ‘yes’ to 2,696 ‘no’ votes on Election Day.
Those are not official results, but votes totals posted at the four district polling places and tallied by The Press. They do not include the break-out results from 1,486 absentee ballots.
Two charter change proposals to make elected positions appointed, and one change concerning the Annual Town Meeting appear to be headed to defeat.
The proposal to make the treasurer appointed (Question 5) was losing 4,511 ‘yes’ to 6,021 ‘no’ based on the four districts.
And the proposal to make the tax collector appointed (Question 6) was losing 4,351 ‘yes’ to 6,177 ‘no’.
And defeat also seems likely for Question 8, a charter change that would allow the Annual Town Meeting to reduce budgets before they are sent to referendum only if at least 2% of registered town voters attend the meeting. That proposal was losing 3,344 ‘yes’ to 4,087 ‘no’ based on the three of the town’s four voting districts.
All other five proposed charter changes all appeared to be winning, based on returns from three districts.
The two state constitutional amendments, Questions 1 and 2, seemed to be easily passing in Ridgefield. Statewide sources are saying the second amendment — making it more difficult for the state to sell-off property — has passed statewide.
Editor's note: These numbers are preliminary. Final numbers will be made available on The Press website as soon as the Town Clerk has posted them.