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).