Ledyard voters approve 2019-20 proposed budget

Ledyard — After a sparsely attended town meeting Monday, residents voted Tuesday to approve the proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The final vote was 326 in support to 124 in opposition, with yes votes prevailing in all districts. With about 9,000 registered voters in town, the election saw about a 5 percent turnout. In comparison, about 700 voters participated in last year's budget vote.

The $60,048,828 budget, a 4.4 percent increase from the 2018-19 budget, includes $32,548,569 for education and $27,500,259 for the general government. About $1 million from the general government budget will go toward the capital improvement plan; combined with state and federal grants, a total of nearly $5 million will be available to support road repairs and maintenance, emergency services, and improvements to the track and football field at Ledyard High School.

The approved budget will result in a 0.77 mill increase, for a projected mill rate of 35.06.

a.hutchinson@theday.com

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