Bethel voters will return to the polls on Thursday, May 10, to decide on the revised town operating budget and capital plan.
In the April 11 referendum, the town budget failed by 66 votes. The capital budget fell by a wider margin, 264 votes. The education budget passed during that first referendum and therefore will not be on this upcoming ballot.
The Board of Finance reconvened on April 17 to revise the town and capital budgets. They proposed the following changes, which were discussed at a Town Meeting on April 24.
- The road construction budget was reduced by $100,000, thus reducing the overall Highway Account to $2,071,113.
- The capital nonrecurring budget was reduced by $225,000, thus reducing the overall Miscellaneous Charges and Transfers account to $776,029.
- A revised Fiscal Year 2018-19 Town Budget totaling $29,536,242 was proposed.
- The proposed turf field in the amount of $979,000 was removed.
- The Class 8 highway truck in the amount of $196,000 was removed.
- A revised Fiscal Year 2018-19 Capital Plan totaling $1,140,000, which includes the BFD Engine 6 fire truck ($660,000), the high school HVAC ($250,000), and the Elgin street sweeper ($230,000), was proposed.
The Bethel Registrar of Voters recently announced that the town has a total of 12,222 voters. The April 10 referendum drew 23.4% of them. Polling stations on May 10 will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Click here to view a sample ballot.