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Bethel Votes on Third Municipal Budget Proposal Thursday

Spending request reduced by $150,000 ahead of third vote.

After failing to pass at the first two referendums, Bethel’s municipal budget is going back to voters Thursday, this time with a 2.49 percent increase over the current year.

The $26,828,177 spending request is $650,669 more than the approved 2013-14 budget. The third proposal is down $151,108 from the budget that failed on June 12 and $381,108 less than the first proposal, voted down on May 15.

Polls are open Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Download a copy of the budget and a sample ballot above before heading out to vote.

Captain Obvious June 26, 2014 at 05:19 AM
Ummm...hmmmm... So when the board chair endorsed the last two budgets he was wrong, when he exceeded your own benchmark he was wrong, now he's right because it allows you to vote No.
Outside Looking In June 26, 2014 at 08:15 AM
I wasn't asking about the BOF, you stated almost 2 weeks ago that "maybe 100k" and you'd hope they would get by on a year over year increase of $700k or so. The BOF exceeded both of those. Are you now concerned with single line items meeting thresholds? What lines items should have been touched?
Concerned bethel resident June 26, 2014 at 08:37 PM
This budget is a joke. Why is a librarian making 80K a year? Why is the only administrative salary cut from the first selectman? Is it so when election time comes they can say they took a pay cut? Why are we spending over 2 million on police officer salaries? There is no crime in Bethel. They made the cutbacks by reducing our public works budgets. For a town that takes over a year to get a bridge built we should be increasing our road maintenance budgets and decreasing our administrative salaries. Their decisions created a two year bridge project, a library project that was a mess, and our town roads are in shambles. The budget can be cut way back, but dont think it will come out of anyones salaries when they are the ones putting the budget together. It's time to hand over these positions to the millennials. They will get things done for half the cost.
Eric T Gray June 26, 2014 at 09:46 PM
What does the 295K for wage adjustments make up? There's also over 175K budgeted for overtime across many departments... why not start cutting there?
Ubuster1 June 27, 2014 at 09:14 AM
The 2nd budget failed by 300+ the 3rd budget by a margin of 36 votes. I’m sure the closer margin was that the teachers came back out this time to vote and still lost. It’s nice to see Bethel residents are showing a real concern. When will it stop.. The 4th attempt will be very interesting..

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