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What You Need to Know: Budget Referendum

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

It's time again for the referendum!

Polls are open and at from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Residents will be voting on the following question: 

“Shall the Town of Tolland’s proposed 2012-2013 budget of $51,362,234, reflecting a spending increase of $934,572 or 1.85% which is equal to a .87% tax increase of .26 mills compared to the current mill rate and requiring a tax rate of 29.99 mills, be adopted?  Yes/No”

Residents in the first and will vote at town hall, while those in the second district will vote at the senior center.

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Visit the Tolland Elections website to find your district by street. Residents can also call the Registrars' Office at 860-871-3634.

For complete coverage of the budget's development, take a look at the .

Bill Eccles May 01, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Dear Tolland Residents, Speaking entirely for myself, this is one of the best budgets this town has ever seen, and not only because of the content, but also because of the process which created it. The word "bipartisan" doesn't even begin to describe it. This is "Tolland-partisan"--the people who worked on it have had the best interests of Tolland in mind as they worked tirelessly on it. Both the BoE and the Town Council should be commended for putting their political leanings aside and for achieving a balance which meets as much of everybody's needs as possible, both of taxpayers and schoolchildren alike. I believe that we should show our support of our elected leaders and cast a vote today. If you support it, then please vote "Yes" and pat your elected officials, Republican and Democrat alike, on the back. And if you don't support it, then please vote "No," but also show up at the next budget meeting with ideas in hand so that your objections may be considered in this, the most Tolland-centric budget planning process of recent history. See you at the polls, Bill
Vickie Hadge May 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thank you Bill for your comments. I would like to echo what you said and encourage "Yes" votes. This budget season has been a very unique one in Tolland and I would like to say thank you to all who have been involved in the process. To see the Democrats, Republicans, Town Council, Board of Ed & residents/volunteers of Tolland all working together for the good of our community is wonderful. Keep up the good work and thank you to all who have been involved.
A Tolland Resident May 01, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Speaking for myself, as I respect what the town has made as a first pass at a reasonable budget, I am still voting no. I also encourage everyone to vote the budget down. The time of annual tax increases needs to stop. If you can't lower the budget than make it the same as last years with a 0% increase. We are still deep in a depression/recession and most families cannot afford to pay more taxes.
Deirdre Goldsmith May 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I agree that this has been the most "unified" a budget that we could ask for. I support this budget, and I thank those who sacrificed on both ends to come to this hard-fought and reasonable budget for all of our town.
Luther Heggs May 01, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Is there a 0% or less adjustment? If not, I'm voting NO.
Diane Clokey May 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Bill, love the phrase "Tolland-partisan." I am hoping we see a lot more behavior and decision-making in this spirit!
Jason Whiting May 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Waiting for the outrage from the big spenders about how the low turnout should invalidate the result.....

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