• Community Center Referendum Changed To April 28

    A referendum orginally intended for March 21 for voters to approve a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation has been scheduled instead for April 28 to coincide with the annual budget referendum. The Board of Selectman during a special meeting on February 27 moved to make the change.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra had stated that she would like additional time for community engagement and discussion for the community center project.

  • The Next Steps Following The Budget Approval

    To The Editor:

    I’d like to thank everyone involved in working together this year on preparing, advocating for and voting for the budget. We saw an unprecedented amount of cooperation resulting in a budget that was appealing to a wide margin of the voters who chose to cast their ballots.

  • School, Town Budgets Pass Overwhelmingly

    Amid cheers from local officials and residents who gathered at Newtown Middle School Tuesday evening, town polling officials revealed totals from a first round budget referendum that overwhelmingly approved both a school district and town spending package, along with debt service on capital borrowing for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The Board of Selectmen’s municipal budget including debt service on bonding passed 2,571 to 738, while the school district request passed 2,421 to 868 Town Clerk Debbie Halstead confirmed late Wednesday.

  • Head O’ Meadow Students Vote For Books

    Head O’ Meadow students cast their votes Monday, April 21, on which category of books they would like purchased for the school’s library.

    The event is a yearly one at the school, and library/media specialist Bev Bjorklund said she prepared the students to cast their ballots by speaking to them about the importance of voting.

  • Council Chair Clarifies Misinformation In Letter, Social Network Posts

    Shortly after reviewing a letter to the editor in this week’s pre-budget vote edition of The Newtown Bee, Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reached out hoping to  clarify what she believes is a lingering misconception regarding the council’s ability to add funds back if the school and/or town proposals fail at referendum April 22.

  • Not Just Another Tuesday In April

    Newtown voters have been invited to the polls on April 22 to commit themselves to $111 million in expenditures and another round of property tax bills for 2014-15. While overall spending in the proposed budget does inch up by slightly less than one percent, the accompanying tax rate does not increase at all, thanks to growth in the grand list, supplemental motor vehicle taxes, and various unanticipated grants and payments from the state.

  • Responsible and Objective Budgets

    To the Editor:

    This year’s budgets carefully address numerous concerns expressed by many. In general, schools, roads, and taxes are the most frequently heard topics.

    The Board of Education, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and the Superintendent all earned a well deserved “thank you” for assembling very responsible and objective budgets that can serve as models for coming years. On Tuesday April 22 please vote (at the Middle School, Queen Street) to support these budgets.

  • Let’s Make It ‘One And Done’

    To the Editor:

    I am writing in support of the municipal and education budgets and want to encourage all Newtown voters to vote in the budget referendum on Tuesday, April 22.

  • Help Maintain And Grow Our Educational System

    To the Editor:

    Newtown, please vote Yes for the education budget on Tuesday April 22nd!  Why? Because the proposed budget takes into account declining enrollment, current and future planning, and doesn’t play a “cat and mouse” game with the bottom-line.

  • Budget Addresses Needs, Services And Taxpayer Concerns

    To the Editor: