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Lack of quorum at ATBM

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For the first time, Weston voters had a chance to cast their ballots immediately following the ATBM. Registrar Laura Smits said 82 voters did just that. —Margaret Wirtenberg photo

There was a lack of a quorum at the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) last night, April 24.

That meant voters in attendance could only discuss the proposed school, town, and capital budgets, and could not vote on possible reductions.

At the referendum on Thursday, May 2, voters will be asked to approve three items:

  • School operating budget: $45,575,418 ($11,774 or 0.03% less than the current year’s budget).
  • Town operating budget: $11,713,441 ($398,839 or 3.52% more than the current year).
  • Capital budget: $1,116,228.

If all portions of the budgets pass as proposed, the expected mill rate will be 23.89, a 0.54% decrease from this year’s rate of 24.02.

Debt service in the amount of $6,554,632 was approved at the ATBM.

There was no opportunity at the ATBM for the public to ask for increases or cuts to the proposed budgets.

According to the new town charter, the budgets may not be increased by the ATBM.

Also, according to the town charter, a minimum of 2% (136) of all the town’s qualified voters must be present at the ATBM in order to reduce any portion of the budget.

According to Registrar Laura Smits, there were approximately 85 voters present when the meeting started at 8 p.m., less than the 136 voters needed for a quorum. So only discussion about the budgets was allowed.

Immediately after the ATBM, voters had the opportunity to cast ballots on the budget at a referendum in the high school library. Ms. Smits said 82 voters cast their ballots Wednesday night.

Those who did not vote on Wednesday can do so over the course of the next week by absentee ballot, or at a second machine vote next Thursday, May 2, at the Weston Middle School gym. Polls will be open there from noon to 8 p.m.

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