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Movement for budget referendum in New Canaan fizzles

Published 5:28 pm, Thursday, April 25, 2013
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A movement to gain support to conduct a referendum on the municipal budget fizzled out Thursday afternoon, when only seven of a required 50 signatures were submitted to the Town Clerk.

"We will not be having a referendum on this matter," Town Clerk Claudia Weber said, minutes after the deadline.

The petition was a preliminary one. Under the Town Charter, in order to petition for a referendum, of which 5 percent, or roughly 600, voters would have to sign, the interested parties must first submit an intention to petition, which must only have 50 signatures. This first petition must be completed within seven days of the publishing of legislation, and gives the parties time to wage a full-on petition for referendum.

The issue in question was, "Shall the appropriations budget approved by the New Canaan, Connecticut Town Council on April 9, 2013 in the sum total of $132,040,711 for the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2013 and ending on June 30, 2014, be over turned and be sent to the Board of Finance for reconsideration?"

In a letter emailed to the boards of Education, Finance and Selectmen and Town Council, resident Michael Nowacki asked officials to sign the petition.

"There is no disgrace in indicating that if you knew all of the facts of the town audit on the date you voted for the appropriations on or before April 9, would you vote differently today," the email reads.

In the end, only one official did sign the petition: Town Council member Roger Williams.

The seven registered voters who signed the petition were: Euell Roger, Evan and Spencer Williams; Richard and Nancy Vachula; D. Zumbach; and Michael Nowacki, according to the town clerk.

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