Turnout Low As Wilton Voters Approve Town, School Budgets

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WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton residents approved the town budget and the school budget as well as five capital bonding after voting concluded Saturday, according to the Wilton Bulletin.

Voter turnout was only 9.6 percent, the Bulletin said.

The total Board of Selectmen budget comes in at $31,766,767, a 2.65 percent increase over 2013-14, while the Board of Education budget rises 2.97 percent to $78,401,125.

Voters approved the following projects, the story said:

  • $9.9 million for planning and renovation of the Comstock Community Center,
  • $3.4 million for roadwork,
  • $595,000 for a new fire truck,
  • $500,000 for the installation of a new districtwide school security system; and
  • $250,000 for improvements at the White House at Ambler Farm.

First Selectman Bill Brennan said last week the overall budget compares favorably to other towns in the area. He also proudly spoke of the low mill rate increase.

“The mill rate increase is 2 percent, which is very reasonable considering that it is lower than the rate of inflation,” he said.

Rounding out the budget is $9.1 million for debt service and $1.1 million for charter authority.

The new mill rate will be 26.5132.

Read the full story here at the Wilton Bulletin. 

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Thank goodness the Board of Finance insisted on budget cuts. We would have had another disastrous tax hike if Brennan and Likely had their way.
The number of " no too high" votes is a convincing argument for keeping tax hikes at or below 1.75% in the future. Neither board can tell us there is no fat to cut without eroding credibility.