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  • Moving To A Red State

    To the Editor:

  • A Call To Support Education

    To the Editor:

    This letter is an entreaty to the voters of Newtown to support the education budget at this third referendum scheduled for Tuesday, June 4.  The budget request as it stands now calls for a year over year increase of 3.93 percent, having been further reduced by the Legislative Council in response to the failed second referendum.

  • Council Cuts Another $300,000 From Schools

    After about two hours of community input, deliberations and two failed amendments, the Legislative Council voted 9-3 to further reduce the school district’s budget request by $300,000. If approved at a planned third round referendum June 4, that would drop requested Board of Education increase to 3.93 percent

    Voters already passed the municipal budget request in a split May 14 referendum. Upon approval, the district budget would stand at $71,045,304.

  • Taxes Never Go Down, Rights Never Come Back

    To the Editor:

  • We Can’t All Have What We Want

    To the Editor:

    It’s time that our officials take a good look why the budgets don't pass. Yes, you can lower the budget  amounts, but they are forgetting one thing:  the mill rate has to be lowered also.

    Our seniors and others can't afford this mill rate. Open your eyes town officials. We all can't have what we want  even in a normal  house in this town. We have to say no.

    Margaret Wood

    160 Mt Pleasant Road, Newtown May 22, 2013

  • Newtown’s Failure

    To the Editor:

    Well done Newtown.

    With the eyes of a nation still interested, and somewhat curious about how the town moves forward. the message is clear:  We don’t really care that much. For the second time this spring one out of three eligible voters managed to make it to the polls. Apparently the other 2/3rds of the voters are very busy and don’t have the time. Not my problem so to speak… Just like every other year… Status quo… Really?

  • Serious Tax Concerns For Seniors

    To the Editor:

    What is the message in this new pattern of budget rejections? There may be some plausible factors that are emerging that were not previously evident in the past. Every election result represents the thinking of those who voted. In this most recent defeat of the budget, there seems to be a segment of the population that is unwilling to support the sharp rise in the mill rate that will increase the real estate taxes of some seniors by 30 percent.

  • At Last Check, Voter Turnout Beginning To Mirror First Budget Referendum

    Local registrars say voting for the second round town and school budgets closely mirrored the number of voters who turned out for the first failed referendum two weeks ago today.

  • The ‘S’ Stands For Surplus

    To the Editor:

    After all that we’ve learned in the last year, many are beginning to think the “S” in BOS stands for Surplus.  

  • Taxpayers Urged To Visit With Llodra, Officials Ahead Of Budget Vote

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and various officials from the Boards of Education and Finance and the Legislative Council will be available to hear from and respond to taxpayer questions during the final two open office sessions at Newtown Municipal Center.