This year’s municipal budget hearing lasted barely 15 minutes, just enough time for the members of the Board of Finance to make a presentation.
Only one woman entered a question.
The education budget hearing was just as sparsely attended, with only a few people making any comment.
Every year, throughout the year, citizens of Wilton passively complain that voter turnout is too low to force a competitive budgeting atmosphere. Last year, the town’s budgets were approved by default, as only 9.6% of eligible voters turned out to have their say.
Could this be the year those complaints go by the wayside? Only if residents make a point to head out to the polls.
Up for a vote next week are municipal and education budgets totaling $124.2 million, and three bonding items totaling $990,000.