Wilton voters have the opportunity to weigh in on how much they will be taxed in the coming fiscal year. Will they take advantage of that privilege? If history is any indication, most will not.
Last year, not even 10% of eligible voters made it to the polls. That meant the budget passed automatically, no matter how many no votes there were.
This is not an endorsement to vote against the budget, it is simply an endorsement to voice your opinion. The Bulletin encourages a yes vote on the budget and all bonding projects.
Here are the numbers.
Up for a vote next week are municipal and education budgets totaling $124.2 million. That’s actually more than the gross domestic product of a Micronesian country, Tuvalu.
Or look at it this way. It’s a budget of some $10,000 per voting age adult, more than the per capita income of residents of 88 countries on Earth, according to the World Bank.
There are also three bonding projects totaling $990,000 — funds to study the north Wilton firehouse ($90,000), repaving lots at Middlebrook and Wilton High School ($400,000), and replacing “chillers” in Middlebrook’s HVAC system ($500,000). These will pass or fail on their own merits, no matter how many or few votes there are.
In short, we’re talking about a lot of money. Surely we can muster more than 15% of Wilton voters.
The Annual Town Meeting, where you may voice your opinion, is Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Middlebrook School’s auditorium. Voting begins directly after. There is a second chance to cast a vote, on Saturday, May 9, from 9 to 6 in the Clune Center at Wilton High School.
Not going to be in town? Absentee ballots will be available from the town clerk at town hall beginning on Wednesday, May 6, through Friday, May 8, from 8:30 to 4:30. All absentee ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office by 4:30 on Friday, May 8.
Yay or nay, have your say!