Lebanon budget passes on second try

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Jun. 23—LEBANON — The Town of Lebanon's Budget passed at the referendum held on Tuesday.

The budget passed with 359 votes in favor of the budget and 168 votes against the budget's adoption. There were also five blank votes.

Lebanon First Selectman Kevin Cwikla said that voter turnout was lower than he expected.

" It was a little lower than expected," he said. " But we appreciate all the people that did come out."

Fiscal Year 2022- 23 runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. The budget totals $ 27,400,832, which is a 4.17% increase from Fiscal Year 2021- 22.

The budget also includes increases to the general town and Board of Education portions of the budget.

The mill rate in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year is 28.5, which is a 0.49% increase from Fiscal Year 2021- 22.

Cwikla spoke highly of the budget that passed.

" I think it was a fair budget," he said. The referendum that took place on Tuesday was the second referendum to approve the Fiscal Year 2022- 23 Budget. The budget failed to pass at the referendum on May 24. That day 213 voters voted in favor of approving the budget, while 394 people voted against

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approving the budget.

Cwikla is happy that the town does not need to hold any additional budget referendums this year.

" I'm glad that we can go into the next fiscal year having a budget," he said.

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