New London voters to decide on city's $82 million budget

New London - The City Council took no action Monday to reduce the 2013-14 budget, so voters will have a chance to approve or defeat the $82 million spending plan at a Aug. 6 referendum.

Residents will be asked to approve or reject the $41.6 million general government budget and the $40.4 million school budget. A third question will ask to approve or reject the tax rate of 27.5 mills.

Looking Out for Taxpayers submitted more than enough signatures to the City Clerk's Office last month to force the referendum.

Voters are already looking at a question on the November ballot concerning the 2012-13 budget, which ended Sunday.

Last year, LOT successfully petitioned for a referendum on the 2012-13 budget but the vote was scheduled for November, five months after the close of the fiscal year. It is not clear what will happen if the 2012-13 budget is not approved in November.

- Kathleen Edgecomb

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