Pandemic restrictions impact budget referendum process

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The Executive Order handed down by Governor Lamont on Saturday, March 21, suspended in-person budget adoption requirements for municipalities to avoid the risk of spreading the Coronavirus Covid-19. It mandates the Board of Finance to “adopt a budget for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 fiscal year and to set a mill rate…without holding votes required by charter or without complying with any in-person budget adoption requirements” (Executive Order No. 7I, Item 13). This wording specifically overrides Connecticut General Statutes and local Charter provisions.

The next meeting of the Board of Finance is March 30. Shortly thereafter, a draft of the proposed budget will be available on the town website, The week of April 6, the Drummer will publish its annual Budget Issue, including information on how residents may comment on the budget draft.
A budget will be adopted by April 30, 2020. 

As the pandemic situation evolves, please check the town website,, for up-to-date information.