Region 14 Budget Referendum Vote Today

Credit: 401K, via flickr creative commons
Credit: 401K, via flickr creative commons
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, for the Region 14 budget referendum. Poll locations are at the Bethlehem Town Hall and Woodbury Senior Community Center.

  • Proposed Region 14 2014-15 Budget: $32,055,775
  • Difference from 2013-14 Budget: $6 decrease
  • 2013-14 Approved Budget: $32,055,781

Referendum History

The first referendum failed. That budget clocked in at $32,383,247 and featured a 1.02 percent increase, or $327,466 increase, over the 2013-14 budget of $32,055,781.

The difference between the first referendum and the second one is a decrease of $327,472. 

  • First referendum budget: $32,383,247
  • Second budget referendum: $32,055,775

How will you be voting today? What do you like about the proposed Region 14 budget and/or what would you like to be different?
Jerry Plant May 24, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Art. You might not realize this but the state legislature allows the school districts to place the surplus money at the end of the year in a special account for special capital projects . So if you think that you will ever see a surplus returned to the town you are dreaming. Furthermore, this is why the BOE Budgets are so high. They are padded, so that at the end of the year there is money left over for their special projects. You can thank the state legislature for that one. Look at it this way . It is easy to give money away when it is not yours. The buses are leaving for the southern states and they are full . Unfortunately the people that are left here are the ones who will be picking up the bill. So for those who supported and voted for Butterly and now are crying about higher taxes, remember be careful for what you wish for because wishes do come true. Enjoy the higher taxes. Wait until you see next years mess.
Voice of Reason May 25, 2014 at 01:18 PM
One wonders how many of the default yes voters even take the time to look at the budget. Vote Yes! [for the children...of course] A better slogan would be 'Vote Yes for the Teachers/Administrators'. This is my suggestion being 72%+ of the ~$32M budget goes to salaries and benefits. Of course we can always look at that teacher reward being that Region 14 is ranked what; 55 out of 164 in CT? Stellar performance! Remember this the next time the recent grad can't make your change at the register! ........Vote YES!! [for the teacher's new Bimmer]
Jerry Plant May 25, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Gotta love the Vote Yes for Higher Taxes on all of Butterly's supporters lawns. Enjoy your higher taxes folks! You put him there !
Sean May 25, 2014 at 11:43 PM
The real problem here is about 1000 people in town have no idea how money works. They do not understand that increasing taxes decreases the value of properties. They view government as the sole entity responsible for educating their children. Or they are just feeding off the system. Do you think that our outgoing Superintendent could get a $200k a year job in the private sector? I do not. And given his inability to accept responsibility for his screw ups and clear lack of integrity, government is the only place for him. ********We have 18 year olds with diplomas who cannot read or write in cursive, talk on the phone, or have the first understanding of work ethic. They think their live hinges on whether they have a few hundred people following their every move on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We have had a failure in parenting for decades and no amount of money can address this.
Sean May 25, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Education rewards knowledge. The private sector rewards results. The skill sets needed to succeed in business are substantially different than what is needed to succeed in the academic world. We spend more and more money on "education" when we never evaluate what we are teaching. What is someone who has never had a private sector job going to teach kids about the real world? Government is not the real world.


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