Monday, May 18, 2015

Seymour voters approve school budget on second try

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Voters on the second try Thursday approved a $32.6 million Board of Education budget for the 2015-16 school year.

A second referendum was held only on the school budget at the Seymour Community Center, and voters approved the plan by a 619-509 vote.

Voters initially rejected a higher school budget by 100 votes at the April 30 referendum. The Board of Finance then slashed $100,000 from the bottom line, which apparently was enough to meet with voters’ approval.

School board Chairman Yashu Putorti, while pleased the budget passed on the second try (historically in Seymour, it often takes three or four referendums before the budget passes), was disheartened by the low voter turnout. Seymour has about 9,400 registered voters, and for Thursday’s vote, just a little more than 1,100 of them showed up at the polls.

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