Letter: When a ‘yes’ vote is a ‘no’ vote

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To the editor,

I’m just sharing an opinion.

Municipal budget: 13 voted “no: too low;” 66 voted “yes.”

The above voters help the “no” voters reach the [turnout] goal of 15 percent (2,457 voters). So their votes change to “no” and only 2,378 “no” voters are needed to fail the budget, but only 2,153 voted “no: too high.”

Education budget: 17 voted “no: too low;” 221 voted “yes.”

Same as above explanation, but only 2,219 “no” voters are needed to fail the school budget. But, only 2,090 voted “no: too high.”

I think it’s reasonable that 15 percent of total voters, or more, voting no, fail the budget. If it takes 2,457 voters to make the referendum count and 1,228 show up who vote yes, the budget fails because 1,229 voted no.

Question: Is it reasonable for 7.6 percent of voters to fail the budgets?

The problem with the budgets are,  7 percent underfunding of our schools and the 75 percent matching funds for the sewer plant improvements mandated by the state and federal governments. If we received the above funding, we would see a 7.5 mill decrease.

I want to thank Deputy Mayor Tamath Rossi for dropping by, congratulation, sorry I missed you. Thanks to Alex Olbrys for visiting our complex on tag sale day and for partaking in the surprise interview on WBVE Internet radio. It was fun.

Thank you for reading this. Forgive me, those that are upset with my thoughts. I didn’t write the rules. I’m stuck with them, too. Smarter people than I wrote referendum rules and the voters accepted them by vote.

Am I wrong?

Steven Sharik

Naugatuck