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 … read more

Budget referendum Tuesday: Voters will decide on 1.24% tax increase

School and town spending plans that would total $148 million and require a 1.24 percent tax increase next year will come before voters at referendum Tuesday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with all voting in Yanity Gym. The referendum on the 2019-20 budget will also consider over $4 million in proposed capital expenditures that would be financed … 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

Letter: Repeat referendum questions deserve same answer as 2014 vote — ‘No’

To the Editor: Ridgefield is a beautiful town. One of the reasons is our town charter. This charter keeps the ultimate power with the citizens and voters. In a 2014 charter referendum, 5,000 voters (60%) said “no” to the Board of Selectmen proposed change to make the treasurer and tax collector appointed positions. The reason is Ridgefielders want public officials … read more

$144-million budget: 1.8% tax increase heads to vote today

School, town and road repair budgets totaling over $144 million — and projected to require a 1.8% tax increase for 2018-19 — will come before voters for approval or rejection at the budget referendum today — Tuesday, May 15 — from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with all voting in Yanity gymnasium. Voters will also decide six questions on $4.2 … read more

Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ to quality education

To the Editor: We live in a town that values our children and the benefits of a high quality education. Community collaboration and involvement in our education system has made the Ridgefield Public School system strong and desirable. Let’s continue this tradition. This coming Tuesday May 15th, vote YES to the continuance of our outstanding public school system. Please make … read more

Voter registration: Monday is deadline for budget referendum, election primaries

Voter registration deadlines are approaching for two voting events — the annual budget referendum and the primaries for candidates seeking party nominations for state, district and municipal offices. The registration deadline is Monday, May 14, at 4:30 p.m. to vote in the budget referendum. The referendum is planned for Tuesday May 15, with polling from 6 a.m. to  8 p.m. … read more

Locker room leaks cause trouble at Recreation Center

  “It was a curveball. We didn’t see this coming at all,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. A $950,000 question on the town’s referendum ballot culminates months of work by town officials to deal with a problem that was years in the making, and hidden from sight: water damage inside walls at the 15-year-old Recreation Center. “We were experiencing problems … read more

Editorial: Six ‘yes,’ one ‘no’

With a less than 2% tax increase, the spending plans town and school officials have put together would deliver needed services and tackle the town’s most urgent problems. Voters should support them in Tuesday’s budget referendum — with one exception. The operating budgets — $47 million for the town in Question 1, $93 million for the schools in Question 2, … read more

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