Newtown Voters Reject Budget Hiring Security Guards for Schools

Newtown Voters Reject Budget Hiring Security Guards for Schools

Newtown voters on Tuesday rejected town and school budgets that contained an extra $770,000 to cover the cost of hiring new police officers and security guards for Newtown’s public and private schools.

The $72 million school budget was defeated by 482 votes, and the $39 million town government budget was defeated by 62.

Together, the plans represented a five percent increase in funding for the next fiscal year.

Newtown has been in a recession, so some city officials said they weren’t surprised the bigger budget was defeated. Legislative Council chairman Jeff Capeci said: “At the end of the day, Newtown voters thought it was too much of an increase.”

A second, revised budget is expected to be introduced for a vote soon. 


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