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Proposed town budget rejected by voters in Morris
Litchfield.bz (07-13-17)


 
Lauren Wheeler, deputy Republican Registrar of Voters in Morris, hands a ballot to a voter during Wednesday's referendum on the proposed town budget. BZ photo
 
Voters decisively squashed a proposed town budget of $9,634,061 for 2017-18 in a referendum on Wednesday.
 
The vote against the spending plan was 187-74.
 
The proposed budget was $553,848, or 6.1 percent, higher than the current budget of $9,080,213. Under the proposal, taxes would have increased by 2.31 mills, from the current rate of 27.83 mills to 30.14 mills.
 
Included in the spending plan was $2,998,411 for municipal spending and $6,635,650 for the approved Region 6 Board of Education budget.
 
The idea of a tax-rate hike on top of one of more than 2 mills last year appears to have turned voters against the proposed budget. A taxpayer with property assessed at $200,000 would have paid $6,028 in taxes in 2017-18 under a tax rate of 30.14 mills, an increase of $462 over the current tax of $5,566.

The proposed budget's defeat means the Board of Finance will go to work to craft a new budget proposal. A referendum on a new spending plan is likely.

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