Town Heals and Remembers

Newtown Voters Reject Budget With Extra School Security Money

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013  |  Updated 8:40 AM EDT
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Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Voters turned down the $72 million school budget by 482 votes and rejected the $39 million town government budget by 62 votes Tuesday. 

Nearly 4,500 residents voted on the plans, which would have increased spending by 4.7 percent next fiscal year.

Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards to put in each of Newtown's seven schools. 

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First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra says she's not sure what message voters were sending. 

She says officials will revise the budget.

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