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Referendum questions approved in New London

A failed tabulator in New London’s second voting district and 149 Election Day registration votes delayed a final tally Tuesday night, but initial numbers held and all referendum questions passed by nearly a two-to-one ratio.

By a tally of 3,057 in favor to 1,638 against, voters confirmed the City Council’s approval of up to $168 million in bonding for a magnet school construction plan to renovate New London High School and Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School and constructing a building for a science, technology, engineering and math middle school at the high school campus.

The City Council’s approval of a general government budget of $44,030,106 received 2,700 votes in favor, 2,008 opposed.

The education budget of $41,255,706 that the council approved received 3,107 votes in favor to 1,637 against. The 2014-15 total city budget of $85,285,812 represents an increase of $4,041,352, or 4.97 percent more than the 2013-14 budget, and will necessitate a tax rate of 38 mills, an increase of 10.5 mills.

The bonding of $1.1 million to add to the city’s fund balance, the account that can act like overdraft protection for the city’s general fund, got a vote of 3,139 in favor to 1,597 opposed.

A five-year renewal of the Connecticut City and Town Development Act, a state law that allows the city to offer a flexible schedule of tax abatements and other economic development incentives, received 2,844 yes votes to 1,753 against. The act has been renewed by city voters every five years for the last two decades.

Votes tallied Tuesday indicated that a statewide question on approving an amendment to the Connecticut Constitution to allow early voting won locally 2,121 to 1,561. 



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