Wilton voters get their say at Annual Town Meeting

Wilton taxpayers will get the chance to vote on the proposed 2014-15 town budget and five bonded capital projects at the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 6.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the auditorium of Middlebrook School, 131 School Road. Voters unable to attend may vote on Saturday, May 10, at Wilton High School’s Clune Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As presented, the budgets will produce a 26.5179 mill rate, reflecting a 2.0328% increase over the current 25.9896 mill rate.

Selectmen’s budget

The Board of Selectmen’s $31,766,767 budget reflects a 2.65% increase over the previous year:

  • Operating: $30,582,460.
  • Capital: $1,184,307.

The five bonding questions on the ballot are:

  • $595,000 for the replacement of Fire Engine 3.
  • $9.9 million for Comstock Community Center renovations.
  • $3.464 million for the Wilton road restoration program.
  • $250,000 for the renovation of Ambler Farm’s White House.
  • $500,000 for school security improvements.

Education budget

The Board of Education’s $78,401,125 budget is up 2.97% from the previous year.

The Board of Education is meeting with the School Security Task Force this evening, May 1, to discuss the threat assessment coordinator position.

At the education board’s April 24 meeting, school administration and school security consultant David Bernstein recommended reducing the threat assessment coordinator position from full-time to part-time.

Other totals

Total debt service is $9,102,764, while the Charter Authority total is $1,192,707.

Operating requirements total $120,463,363 and operating funds require $114,357,100.

Voting

At the Annual Town Meeting, each voter will have three options to choose from:

  • Approve the budget.
  • Reject the budget because it’s too high.
  • Reject the budget because it’s too low.

If fewer than 15% of registered voters participate, the budget will automatically pass. The budget could fail only if the turnout is more than 15% and a majority of those voting reject the budget.

Bonding questions, on the other hand, are resolved by a majority vote.

Absentee ballots will be available in person at the town clerk’s office from Wednesday, May 7, to Friday, May 9.

All registered Wilton voters are eligible to vote on the budget and on additional questions. Also, U.S. citizens at least 18 years old, resident or nonresident, who own real property — or a motor vehicle — valued at $1,000 or more on Wilton’s last completed grand list may vote at the Annual Town Meeting.

Questions on the voting process may be addressed to the registrars of voters by calling 203-563-0111.