North Branford Adopts $55.02M Budget Following Referendum Vote
With an extremely low turnout of just over 1 percent of voters answering the Town's Budget Referendum question on May 11, the Town Council's recommended 2021-22 Town of North Branford budget of $55,020,430 , with a mill rate of 33.14 mills, is adopted. While the bottom line represents a $1.083 million annual spending increase over last year's budget, actions taken by the council to control taxation will decrease the annual mill rate by 0.44 mills in the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2021. The town's current mill rate is 33.58 mills.
The Town Council made its budget recommendation on April 20. By Town Charter, registered voters are then polled on the question of adopting the recommended budget and its required mill rate. However, the results of vote are only be actionable for consideration by the Town Council if at least 15 percent of the electorate turns out at the polls. Otherwise, the budget is adopted as recommended by the Town Council.
This year's vote was held at the town's two polling places on Tuesday, May 11 from noon – 8 p.m. Voters were asked to weigh in on whether they approved of the budget, or rejected it as too high or too low.
Town Clerk Lisa Valenti reported that just 116 of the town's registered voters, or 1.2 percent of the the town's roster of 9,734 electors, came out to vote on the budget referendum question on May 11. District 1's polling place (Jerome Harrison School) recorded 54 votes and District 2 (Stanley T. Williams School) had 62 votes. Of the total of 116 votes made, a majority of 81 voted to accept the budget; 33 rejected the budget as too high and 4 rejected the budget as too low.