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Bethel Goes To The Polls To Vote On Budget Proposals

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker
Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker Photo Credit: Contributed

BETHEL, Conn. — Bethel residents are going to the polls Tuesday to vote on the proposed budgets for the municipal government, for the schools and for capital improvements in town.

Poll
Would you vote to approve the Bethel budgets?
Final Results Voting Closed

Would you vote to approve the Bethel budgets?

  • Yes
    71%
  • No
    29%

The ballot has three questions for voters to cast yes or no on whether to pass the proposed:

  • Town Budget of $27, 663,867 for fiscal year 2016-17
  • School Budget of $43,609,271
  • Capital Budget of $1.438 million
The items in the $1.438 million capital budget include:
  • $50,000 for the assessor to go toward revaluation costs
  • $50,000 for Planning and Zoning for the 2017 Plan of Conservation and Development
  • $55,000 for an F350 Pickup, $178,000 for a GVW Truck, $40,000 to replace the Codfish Road Culvert and $75,000 for drain improvements for Maple Avenue, all for the Highway Department
  • $200,000 for lighting for Whittlesey Drive
  • $200,000 to replace seating at the Bethel High School auditorium
  • $150,000 for the Highway Garage Roof
  • $250,000 for the Highway Garage Carbon Monoxide System
  • $75,000 for the MC Gym/Emergency Shelter Locker Rooms
  • $115,000 for Greenwood Avenue walkway repairs

First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says between town government and the Board of Education union negotiations, Bethel has been able to save nearly $1 million in health insurance costs, according to WLAD .

Click here to see a copy of the ballot at the town of Bethel's website.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday in Bethel.

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