Clerk concludes no recount necessary on budget vote

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BEACON FALLS — The town will not hold a recount and is accepting the results Tuesday’s referendum on a $5.85 million budget proposal.

The vote totals were 305-299 in favor the plan.

First Selectman Susan Ann Cable said officials had reviewed state laws on recounts and determined that a recount would not be necessary since the votes did not fall within three.

“The way the town clerk has interpreted the law and verified the law, we don’t feel it’s necessary, but we’re awaiting confirmation from the Secretary of the State’s office,” Cable said.

The budget package includes an increase of $165,070, or 2.9 percent, over the current plan. The joint boards of Finance and Selectmen calculated the second budget proposal by crafting a total adjustment of $78,635, including $19,256 in expense reductions and $59,379 in anticipated revenue.

The increase for wages in part-time police patrol was reduced by $8,256, bulky waste was reduced by $9,000, and refuse collection was reduced by $2,000.