Voting will take place at Laurel Ledge Elementary School on Highland Avenue from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The budget proposal is about $6.2 million, an increase of 3 percent, or $180,612 over this year’s $6 million budget. The town spending plan alone would raise the mill rate by less than .1 mills. The current mill rate is 31.1 mills or a tax rate of $31.10 for every $1,000 of assessed value.
The town plan is going to a referendum after a petition was filed by former First Selectman Susan Cable.
The referendum was originally scheduled for Wednesday following a public hearing on the budget May 22. The vote was moved to Thursday after concerns were raised whether Wednesday’s date would meet election rules governed by the Secretary of State’s office.
Referendums can be held no less than seven days after the date of a town meeting, according to state law. A town meeting on the Beacon Falls budget was held May 29.
First Selectman Gerard Smith said some questions were raised by members of the public whether Wednesday’s date satisfied the seven day rule. So, he said, the vote was changed to avoid any potential conflict.
The municipal budget doesn’t include expenses for Region 16, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect. Region 16’s latest budget proposal of $38.58 million was rejected at a referendum May 30. The school board is holding a budget workshop Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls to review the school budget.
A detailed overview of the municipal budget is available on the town’s website.