Public Hearing: Charter Revision Committee Meeting

A public hearing and meeting of the Charter Revision Committee will review options for budget ballot questions and a bifurcated budget.


Town of Newtown Public Hearing Notice:

The Charter Revision Commission will hold a Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, Connecticut, on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, to hear public comments on the possible changes the charter of the Town of Newtown.  

 Changes to be considered by the Commission include: 

1. Section 6-14(a): Consider including the requirement for a bifurcated budget, to include separate ballot questions for the Board of Selectman and the Board of Education budget. 

2. Section 6-14 or 6-15: Consider including non-binding advisory questions as to whether a negative vote is due to the budget being too high or too low. 

3. Section 6.14: Consider a budget ballot requiring each voter to (a) approve the budget, (b) reject the budget because it is too high, or (c) reject the budget because it is too low.  One choice only.  Advisory questions not necessary. 

4. Any reasonable combination of the above. 


The hearing will be followed immediately by a Charter Revision Commission meeting.

John Godin    Chairman, Charter Revision Commission

Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com July 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Sam is it possible that some voters this last time voted yes but believed the BOE budget was to low. Is that possible, and would it be helpful to the LC to know that?
Sam Mihailoff July 25, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Just more mud and silt in the pond
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com July 31, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hebron just did a very complete study of the issue, here is the report. http://hebronct.com/pdfs/BSC_Report_2010.pdf
Sam Mihailoff July 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Bruce, was this supposed to be a sales pitch IN FAVOR of bifurcation??? Hebron's report is 16 months old, not that the timeframe matters a whole lot; but it was NOT "just done" ***Bifurcation by itself has not had a significant effect on any of the issues we were asked to consider. ***reducing voting events and their attendant costs does not always happen. For example, in Watertown, even with bifurcation, it recently took 4 votes to get to a budget. Similarly in Old Saybrook, where bifurcation has been in place for many years, bifurcated budgets used to fail continually. last year, took three town meetings on elementary school budget. (Such anecdotal responses would seem to validate our finding that a stressful economy rather than the fact of bifurcation has much to do with voting patterns.) Cromwell>> wish list...Flanders identified 3 items: 1) He likes the ―Rocky Hill model,‖ where the town owns all the public buildings (including the schools), and while the BOE handles education issues, anything pertaining to the buildings is the Town‘s responsibility. 2) A change to the State-funding formula, which he feels is ―grossly underfunded‖ — and ―stupid.‖ 3) BOE‘s absolute control of their budget (dictated by State statute) exacerbates conflict between town and the BOE. ―It would be nice, from a fiscal standpoint, if the BOF had some line item control over parts of the BOE budget.‖
Sam Mihailoff July 31, 2012 at 02:06 PM
"Target" at the base of Exit 9 would have worked nicely...minimal traffic increase...easy on/off I-84


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