The advisory referendum on the town and school budget is on Tuesday, June 18th. All voting in Mansfield will be at the Audrey Beck Municipal Building, 4 South Eagleville Rd, Mansfield CT. Voting is from 6 am until 8 pm. Please get out and VOTE YES! Remind your friends and neighbors to do so as well.
The budget was approved at the annual town meeting by an overwhelming majority of those in attendance. The vote was 81% in favor and only 19% opposed.
Worried about the possibility of losing over a million dollars in state aid, the Town Council passed a general government budget that actually is $50,000 less than the current year.
After four consecutive years with flat budgets despite increasing costs, the Mansfield Board of Education adopted a budget with a small 1.7% increase. Citing the same concerns over possible loss of state aid, the Town Council slashed that proposal by over $352,000 – resulting in a 5th straight year at zero and for the first time, actual proposed layoffs in our schools.
At the town meeting, citizens restored $200,000 to the school budget and the layoffs and reductions in special ed and regular transportation were averted.
Since the town meeting, the state has passed a budget that, in fact DOES NOT cut aid to Mansfield – the town will NOT be losing the 1.1 million dollars the Council was worried about.
Mansfield Democrats urge you to please vote YES to support the adopted budget and on the advisory questions, that the budget is too LOW. The Council may then utilize these funds (not extra – same as last year) to restore a few needed programs, reduce the mill rate increase, and pay cash for some town and school projects instead of borrowing the money.