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Notice to Residents re Adoption of the Town Budget FY 2020-2021

NOTICE TO REDDING RESIDENTS REGARDING ADOPTION OF THE TOWN BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021

Redding operates under a “Town Meeting” form of government. An annual town budget meeting is held each year for the purpose of adopting a budget for the new fiscal year. The Board of Selectmen, upon its own initiative, may remove the budget vote from the call of the annual town budget meeting and send to a machine vote to be held within three weeks. The sole purpose of the annual town budget meeting would then be to set the date for the budget referendum, giving taxpayers the opportunity to vote either in person or by absentee ballot. This has been the process of adopting our budget in the past.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our residents, Governor Lamont has issued Executive Order No. 7I which suspends in-person budget adoption requirements and states in part….

“ the legislative body of a municipality or, in a municipality where the legislative body is a town meeting, the board of selectmen, shall authorize the budget-making authority within said municipality to adopt a budget for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 fiscal year and to set a mill rate…”

Therefore, in accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7I, the Board of Selectmen is directed to authorize the Board of Finance to adopt the budget and there will be no budget referendum held this year in Redding.

The proposed budgets for the town and the schools can be viewed on the Town of Redding website – www.townofreddingct.orgclick on the green budget button on the home page – 20-21 Draft Budget.

Residents can email comments on the budget to: budget2021comments@townofreddingct.org

You must include your name and address in the email. The Board of Finance will review all comments at their meeting.

To view Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7I in its entirety, click here.

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