Weston budget vote is today

VOTE-todayThe budget referendum vote is being held today, Thursday, May 2, at the Weston Middle School gym from noon to 8 p.m.

Voters are being asked to approve the school, town, and capital budget proposals that were approved by the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) last week.

The proposed school operating budget is $45,575,418 ($11,774 or 0.03% less than the current year’s budget).

The proposed town operating budget is $11,713,441 ($398,839 or 3.52% more than the current year)

The proposed capital budget is $1,116,228.

The ballots used at the machine referendum do not have the budget numbers printed on them.

The three questions on the ballot ask: Should the school/town/capital (each separate questions) budget, as approved by the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM), be approved?

The specific budget numbers are available at town hall and will be posted outside polls.

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.

The referendum vote today is a continuation of a vote held immediately after the ATBM in the library at Weston High School. Following the ATBM, 82 voters cast their ballots on the budget.

To vote on the referendum, voters must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age, and must be either a resident of Weston who is registered to vote, or a Weston taxpayer with at least $1,000 assessed value of property. Voters should bring identification to the polls.

Votes from the April 24 and May 2 machine votes, as well as those cast by absentee ballot, will be tallied after the middle school polls close tonight at 8 p.m. Those results will be available at theWestonForum.com and in the May 9 edition of The Forum.

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