Redding budget passes but turf project fails

Redding Field 2

Redding voters passed the town’s budget but rejected the proposal to convert one of the community fields from grass to turf at Tuesday’s referendum.

The nearly $47.8 million budget was passed with 980 votes in favor of the budget and 589 against.

This includes about $14.2 million for the municipality’s budget and $21.3 million for the town’s schools budget. The $12.3 million portion of regional school district, which includes Easton too, passed with s slightly higher percentage than the total budget when it was pulled out and listed independently on the ballot.

After the polls closed, the Board of Finance voted to keep the mill rate the same, which translates to $2,891 per $100,000 of assessed value.

The question asking voters to authorize $660,000 to convert one of the community fields to artificial turf and expand it to be regulation size failed with 517 people in favor and 1,050 voters opposing.

Voters also rejected the $47,000 pavilion proposal with 674 in favor and 885 against.

The three other capital projects passed and include replacing the police communication tower and renovation projects at all three schools.