North Stonington sends town, school budgets to referendum

North Stonington - Residents voted during a town meeting Monday to send the proposed $5.6 million general government budget and $12.7 million Board of Education budget to referendum unchanged.

Approximately 50 residents gathered at North Stonington Elementary School to watch presentations from the Board of Finance and school officials and to give their comments on the proposed 2014-15 spending plan.

School board Secretary Walt Mathwich said the proposed $12,739,602 education budget remains mostly the same as this year's spending plan. An increase of less than half a percent was caused by shifting the worker's compensation insurance for teachers from the general government budget to the Board of Education budget, he said.

A few residents spoke against funding for an economic development coordinator in the general government budget, saying more information is needed about who would fill the position and what they would do. Selectman Bob Testa assured those in attendance that he would ask the economic development commission to provide more information.

The referendum on the budgets will be held on Monday from noon to 8 p.m.

- Kelly Catalfamo

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