A new police station? Fire station? Study will consider future needs

A new police station? A new fire station? Both in one? Maybe just renovate the two current buildings — a converted Victorian mansion that serves as a police station, and a firehouse that dates to the era of horse-drawn fire wagons? The town needs to figure out what it wants to do. And town officials are seeking the help of … read more

Voters reject school budget cut proposal

A $2 million cut to the school budget was proposed, but voted down. Citizens asked questions: How long will taxpayers be paying off borrowing for capital expenditures? How many plows does the town have, anyway? The major budget issues — town spending, school spending, capital questions — were sent to next Tuesday’s referendum. And voice votes approved almost $900,000 worth … read more

Annual Town Meeting: Voters to decide capital projects, purchases Monday

Trucks, tanks, trees, plows and painting jobs — nearly $900,000 worth of projects and purchases proposed as capital expenditures in 2019-20 town budget will be put before voters at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 6, starting at 7:30 in the Ridgefield Playhouse. The annual meeting will also be asked to affirm the selectmen’s previous vote to schedule the … read more

Road work: Paving potholes is on town’s repair list

A road crew from the town highway department was out on East Ridge filling potholes with cold patch on Monday. From left are Robert Sommerer, Jim Fortin and Evo Falcinelli. —Macklin Reid photo

Warm-weather paving season beckons like a stripe of smooth oily blacktop, and the Ridgefield Highway Department has a list of 14 roads it’s hoping to repair and repave this year. Ridgefield’s roads are traveled by commuters, shoppers, school buses and soccer parents — the quality of driving surfaces is important to people. “If I was to rank the number of … read more

Trucks, cameras, and repairs: $4.5 million capital budget goes to voters

Trucks and trees, servers and security cameras, computers, cardiac monitors, building repairs — with a modest $57,000 trim, a nearly $4.5 million capital spending budget was approved April 2 on a unanimous vote by the Board of Finance. Unlike the operating budgets that hit taxpayers next year, the capital spending is all financed with borrowing and repayment would be spread … read more

Annual Town Meeting set for May 6, budget vote to be held following week

A 1.24 percent tax hike crowns a nearly $148-million budget package that would boost school spending by over $3 million — but $230,000 less than the school board requested — while approving the selectmen’s plans for no increase in town departments’ budget next year. Approved on a series of unanimous Board of Finance votes last week, the 2019-20 budget, and … read more

Science and math are focus of schools’ curriculum push

The math and science performance, a new “STEM supervisor” sought to oversee curriculum revisions in those challenging fields, the school system’s long-neglected building maintenance, and still rising special education costs, were issues at times in heated discussion when public school officials defended their $98.4 million budget proposal to the Board of Finance. With the selectmen’s budget for town departments already … read more

Finance board passes budget, 3.36% increase for schools

A 1.24% tax increase for 2019-20 would result from the nearly $148-million revenue and spending plan approved by the Board of Finance on a string of unanimous votes Tuesday night, April 2. The 2019-20 budget proposal would allocate $98,193,760 for school operations —a 3.36% spending increase —and $38,318,807 for town departments and road repaving, reflecting a 0% increase for the … read more

School spending draws more supporters than critics at budget hearing

With emotional pleas to educate children and financial appeals based on schools as the foundation of real estate values, a chorus of 10 school supporters outnumbered a trio of tax-hike skeptics at Monday’s budget hearing. “The economic engine of our town is the quality of schools,” said Sandra Mahoney of Wild Turkey Court. “I moved here for our schools and … read more

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