Newtown Connecticut residents reject budget with money for extra school security
Balloons hang on a sign at the entrance to Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre at the school. (Photo DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty …
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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings.
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. The plan was spurred by the shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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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