Reps. Frey and Ferguson vote for budget that restores education funding

State Representatives John Frey (R-111) and Michael Ferguson (R-138) voted to approve a bipartisan budget on Thursday as it passed the House of Representatives with a 126-23 veto-proof margin.  Following the Senate’s passage of the budget bill, it now heads to the desk of Governor Dan Malloy for signing or potential veto. The legislature’s budget was a compromise between House and Senate leadership from … read more

Taxes, debt, school spending, growth: Finance candidates share their views

State cuts, education spending, seniors and taxes, the town’s long-term debt, its “fund balance,” and fostering growth fueled the discussion as finance board candidates exchanged views before a crowd of more than 100 at a League of Women Voters forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Asked about the state budget crisis, the candidates were a chorus of despair. “I think we’re … read more

Budget cuts: Schools trim $257,000

The school district has some budget work to do if it wants to meet the state-imposed 2.5% municipal spending cap for the 2017-18 fiscal year. That’s why Ridgefield Superintendent Karen Baldwin cut $256,719 from the 2017-2018 school budget at the Board of Education meeting Monday night. In her presentation to the board, Dr. Baldwin said that three paraeducators would be … read more

State website shows Ridgefield spends less on education than neighbors

The state’s recently-launched Municipal Benchmarking Application (MBA) website shows that Ridgefield spent the least per capita on education compared to six neighboring towns in 2014. According to the MBA, Ridgefield spent $3,205.91 while Wilton spent the most per capita on education at $4,284.29. The five other socioeconomically similar towns towns included were Darien, Redding, Easton, Weston, and Westport. The interactive … read more