Sherman tries again with budget vote
Updated 12:56 pm, Friday, May 31, 2013
Sherman will hold a second budget referendum June 8, this time on a reduced $13.64 million proposal for 2013-14.
The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sherman School cafeteria.
The new budget figure represents a $102,386 cut from the budget proposal that was defeated May 11.
"I urge all residents to vote in support of this budget," said First Selectman Clay Cope. "Sending it back to the selectmen again will mean more cuts to both the municipal and school sides."
The education budget was supported by voters May 11 by a margin of eight votes. However, a $20,000 reduction was made to the education proposal for the second referendum, bringing it to $8.85 million.
"The Board of Education rejected the selectmen's request for the $20,000 cut, but the Board of Selectmen overrode that by a 2 to 1 vote," Cope said. "The cut was included in the revised budget figures."
Cope added he did not support his fellow selectmen's action.
The cuts on the town side came via a $50,000 trimming of capital reserve funding and a series of cost shavings throughout town operating expenses.
Among them is a $5,000 cut to the town grant for Sherman Volunteer Fire Department operations. The proposed number for fire department grant now stands at $92,100.
-- Susan Tuz