Mark Your Calendars Now For The Budget Referendum Vote [With Poll]

Don't forget to highlight Wednesday, May 9 as the day to vote on the school and town budgets.


The town and school budgets have been prepared, have gone through public hearings and now are awaiting the May 9 people's referendum vote.

Following the , the Board of Finance (BOF) after hearing comments asking that the library be restored to Sunday and full hours. They made no changes to the education budget.

Under a new motion and approved by the finance board, the town budget is proposed at $15 million for fiscal '12-'13, which represents an increase of 5.32 percent or $760,029 over current spending. The school budget is $31.3 million which represents a 0.55 percent increase or $171,984 over current spending. Both numbers include operating, debt retirement and capital improvement figures.

Fiscal year '12-'13 begins July 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2013.

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The town will hold an on May 2 at 7pm at . This is a town charter requirement prior to moving a budget to referendum vote.

The will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at town hall from 6am to 8pm. The proposed town and school budgets will be separate questions and the only two questions on the ballot. All registered voters and electors shall vote in one place - the Green Room (downstairs) at

Electors are people owning property in town (not in trust) that is assessed at $1,000 or more and is on the current grand list. Property can include land, buildings, houses and vehicles.

Those unable to make it to the polls that day can pick up an absentee ballot in the at town hall. The absentee ballots are available now. The town clerk's office is open Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday from 9am to 4pm; they are open late on Thursdays from 9am to 7pm and close early on Fridays, 9am to noon.

You can come to the town clerk's office to fill out your ballot and hand it back in, or you can take it home. Please note that the office does need the original ballot for your vote to count. You can fax, mail it, or bring in your application for an absentee ballot to the office.

Here is the link for the absentee ballot application:  http://www.longdistancevoter.org/files/voter_forms/Connecticut_absentee_english.pdf

And....no need to hang out at town hall to hear the numbers. Results of the budget referendum vote will be posted on the Clinton Patch, the Clinton Patch Facebook page and Tweeted immediately following the close of voting (8pm).

Steve Bristol April 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Not specifically on topic but relates to finances: What were the results of the Special Town Meeting Wednesday night to approve line item transfers, pay for new fire vehicle and library HVAC? I was unable to attend. Thanks, Steve
Martin Shapiro April 27, 2012 at 01:38 PM
SILLY POLL, Fay!? Since I will vote 'Yes" on one item, & "No" on the other, I could check off BOTH of your Q's? You need to rephrase your Q's or your 'unscientific poll' is nonsense.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Steve - the fire truck and the $40,000 line item transfer for the HVAC passed unanimously. They had to table the $36,000 transfer.
Steve Bristol April 27, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Fay Thank you. Any reason why the transfer was tabled? Steve
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Steve - I guess there was a mix up in the legal notice.
Steve Bristol April 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Fay Can also get to the absentee ballot link here: http://www.ct.gov/sots/LIB/sots/ElectionServices/ElectForms/electforms/aabeng.pdf Either link gets you to the one I submitted at the Town Clerk's office this morning and was handed my ballot. I thought I would provide that one, too, in case people worried it didn't include "ct.gov/sots". Steve
Steve Bristol April 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Sorry to remain off-topic but... I'm surprised that if the legal notice was wrong in part that a vote could be taken on anything included in it. I'm not an atty. but, to me, any part of the document being wrong would make the entire legal notice invalid. -Steve --Steve
ClintonRes April 28, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Get Out And Vote! To do so you ( to quote Fay): "You need to be either a registered voter in the town of Clinton (a Clinton resident) OR if you live outside of town or the state (and are registered to vote somewhere else) you can vote in the referendum if you own property (which includes a vehicle) assessed at $1,000 or more on the current grand list." Any resident of Clinton can vote if he/she registers to vote. You do not need to own property in Clinton to vote. You just need to live here (resident) and be a registered voter. You can register at Town Hall. There is also a link on the internet to register – but seems it will be quicker if you can do so in the town… http://www.eac.gov/assets/1/Documents/National_Mail_Voter_Registration_Form_English_2.15.20121.pdf The "own property (which includes a vehicle) assessed at $1,000 or more on the current grand list" part of it is for folks that are not 'residents' but own property here. Votes Really Do Count!


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