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

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

School cut list includes art teachers and tech spending

Art teachers, technology purchases, and a special bus run to ease kindergartners into a full day of school were among $230,000 in budget reductions recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Collins on Monday, April 8. The Board of Education needs $230,000 in cuts to meet the finance board’s reduction to the $98 million budget school request for 2019-20. Board … 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: Wilton vs. Ridgefield school budgets, taxes

To the Editor: Both Wilton and Ridgefield have wonderful school systems and high schools that rank in the top 10 within all Connecticut towns. Wilton’s proposed budget increase for next year is only 1.3% while Ridgefield’s increase is 3.43%. The difference is actually huge and the impact extends to the overall viability of our town. In Ridgefield’s case, if this … read more

$100-million budget? School spending increase to be discussed Monday night

A 5% projected budget increase would push Ridgefield’s public education costs close to the $100-million threshold for the 2019-20 school year. Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote plans to present her official 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14, in the town hall annex at 7 p.m. “I’m striving to get it below 5%, absolutely. And I’m hoping … read more

Tri-board meeting: Town finances look strong, schools’ maintenance lags

Neglected school infrastructure will be getting a closer look from a new committee, the finance board is shooting for a tax increase below 2% next year, and the 2019-20 budget work will start with a projected 5.2% school spending increase while the selectmen — having cut several positions — are hoping to hold town departments to a near-zero increase. That … read more

Capital items: Schools ask for $1.6 million in infrastructure improvements

The school security network is so old school officials worry a hardware failure could delay a police officer’s ability to enter the high school or Scotts Ridge Middle School — or might keep the district’s new array of security cameras from storing their digital tapes. Updating the security network is the second-highest priority on the list of capital improvement projects … read more

Voters approve 2018-19 town and school budget

Ridgefield voters approved all budget questions — mandating a 1.8% tax increase — in a referendum that drew a low turnout due to a severe evening storm Tuesday, May 15. “Everything’s a go,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, looking at posted vote totals that showed easy victories for school budget, town budget, road budget, and capital-spending questions that ranged from … read more

Annual Town Meeting passes budget to referendum, rejects reduced school spending

Budget work was done by an Annual Town Meeting — accomplished as recommended by the finance board and other town elected officials — Monday night, May 7. The meeting rejected several motions to reduce various line items, including three motions to lower spending in the school budget, that were voted down by the 100 or more voters gathered Monday night … read more

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