Board sets date for second referendum

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NAUGATUCK — The borough’s 2014-15 proposed budget will head to a second referendum.

On Sept. 22 the Board of Mayor and Burgess voted to hold the referendum on the municipal and Board of Educations budgets from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water St.

The budget was forced to a referendum through a petition effort.

The combined town and school budget is $113.6 million, an increase of roughly $2.89 million over the 2013-14 budget. The proposed municipal budget is $52.5 million, an increase of $1.26 million. The proposed school budget is $61.1 million, an increase of $1.62 million.

Under the spending plan the mill rate would be 44.67 mills or 0.13 mills less than the 2013-14 rate. A resident whose home is worth $150,000 will pay $20 less in property taxes under the proposed new mill rate.

Residents will be asked to vote separately on the town and school portions of the budget. Voters will be asked to vote ‘yes,’ ‘no: too high’ or ‘no: too low.’

At least 15 percent of eligible voters need to vote in order for the results to count.

The spending plan is about $1.43 million less the original combined budgets adopted in May. The first budget was decisively voted down at a referendum in July after being forced to a vote through petitions. About 25 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. More than 95 percent of those who voted did so against the budget.