Mansfield budget clears referendum vote
MANSFIELD, Connecticut: Voters approved a $43,010,137 city budget with 897 in favor and 474 opposed, despite fewer turnout than the previous year's budget referendum. The near 2-to-1 margin defeated a referendum that was called in response to a petition, with more than 400 signatures, circulated by the same group that petitioned for a referendum last year. The referendum reaffirms the May 12 Annual Town Meeting paper-ballot vote, when the budget passed 463 to 89. It is estimated the tax rate will increase because of an anticipated drop of more than $1 million in state and federal revenues.