2011-12 Budget Passes in Second Referendum

Almost half of registered voters approve municipal and education budgets Memorial Day weekend.

The second 2011-12 budget referendum passed Saturday, May 28, with a resounding 44.9 percent of registered voters (4,433 of 9,876) making to the polls.

The municipal budget ($19,164,000) passed by 578 votes, 2,504 to 1,926, and the education budget ($36,150,000) passed by 107 votes, 2,270 to 2,163.

At District I, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School (HHES), both questions failed, with question one (the municipal budget) failing 759 to 698 and question two (education budget) failing 825 to 630.

Both questions passed at District II, Brookfield High School (BHS) — municipal: 1,589 to 1,070 (519 vote difference) and education: 1,443 to 1,220 (difference of 223) — putting both questions ahead, but giving the education budget a narrow margin of only 28 votes.

Absentee ballots ultimately tipped the scale, with the municipal budget passing easily 217 to 97 (120 votes) and the education budget succeeding 197 to 118, a 79 vote margin.

Though the margin in which the education budget passed is relatively narrow, it is not within the one-half-of-one-percent range that would require a recount. (One-half-of-one-percent of 4,433 is 22.2.)

These numbers are unofficial until certified by the Town Clerk.

Question I: Town Operations

Question II: Education

Yes No Yes No District I (HHES) 698 759 630 825 District II (BHS) 1,589 1,070 1,443 1,220 Absentee 217 97 197 118 Totals: 2,504 1,926 2,270 2,163

Ray DiStephan May 29, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Thank you, Brookfield!
Tara Reilly May 29, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Way to go Brookfield!
Barbara Uziel May 29, 2011 at 03:00 AM
So happy we don't have to do this again! Thank you all for voting.
Two Sides May 29, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Many parents with children in this school system that I spoke to, all said they were voting yes because they were AFRAID it was the kids that would suffer or that teachers would be cut. Your scare tactics worked. Very sad. Pathetic actually - just take a look at the property "transfers" this week, the rich get richer.
Brookfield Bob May 29, 2011 at 04:59 AM
Almost 45% of the voters came out on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (or voted absentee). A better turn out than expected. GO Brookfield!!!
Carol Dores May 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Way to go Brookfield! thanks to all those who took the time in advance to get absentee ballots!
M M May 31, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Interesting that the "wealthy" side of town - district II, voted yes, while the "middle class" portion of town voted no. Shows where the priority is.
Claire Cavalea May 31, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I think it has more to do with the people who have children in the schools as opposed to the poeple who no longer support the schools since they no longer require these services.
JLM May 31, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Two Sides - What is pathetic is that we had to have another vote to get the budget passed! I voted yes because I have children in the school system and when you make cuts to the education the kids do suffer or good valuable teachers sometimes do get cut or programs that are designed to help the children get taken away! I see it firsthand! I realize some of the longtime residents are concerned about their taxes and their monthly budgets going up, but why should new people be drawn to Brookfield if we always vote to cut our education portion of the budget!
Hane June 07, 2011 at 11:24 AM
My children had been out of the school system for a long time. I always vote yes to the budget. What I have never understood is why the people who have children in the schools don't even bother to vote. Wake up. Are we raising a bunch of morons? Whether you have children in the system or not you still live in this town. It is your responsibility to educate the children. This does also effect the price of your house. No one want to move to a town that has schools that are not well rated.
Claire Cavalea June 07, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Hane, Thank you! It takes a community to raise a child. My comment above was written in haste and I did not mean everyone without children in the schools vote NO. I agree It is sad how many parents do not vote.


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