First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said the town clerk needs to know what the wording should be on the budget referendum ballot so that she can order the ballots.
The selectmen voted unanimously to not include advisory questions such as “I think the budget is too high” or “I think the budget is too low.” Advisory questions are allowed under the new town charter.
There will be just three questions on the ballot: Should the school/town/capital (each separate questions) budget, as approved by the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM), be approved?
Voters will be able to vote by machine immediately following the ATBM on Wednesday, April 24, and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. the following week, on Thursday, May 2.
The selectmen also voted to appoint Susan Moch as the alternate ATBM moderator, as required by the new charter. Woody Bliss was already chosen to serve as moderator.
The board agreed to move its next regular meeting start time from 7:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.
The move was made because the Board of Finance has moved its budget deliberation and vote from April 11 to April 4 at 8 p.m. and the selectmen want to be able to attend that meeting, as well.
The board unanimously approved the appointment of Michelle Fracasso to the Lachat Oversight Committee. Her term expires June 30, 2014.
Ms. Weinstein announced the town has received a grant that will cover 100% of the cost of video equipment for the Police Department that is mandated by the state.
The equipment will be used to record interrogations.
The grant is for $14,470.
Property tax refunds
The selectmen approved nine separate property tax refunds totaling $33,125.28.
The largest refund was $12,886.73; the smallest was $33.63.