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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Westport’s Board of Finance Fails

Westport’s Board of Finance Fails to Recommend Budget
The absence of Democrat Shelly Kassen from Wednesday night’s Board of Finance session produced a unique problem—a 3-3 tie vote on whether to approve the towns 2003-2004 budget, meaning it failed to pass.

First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said she would consult the town attorney. But the likelihood is the board will meet again before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) takes up the budget on May 5.

The non-partisan RTM could approve the proposed budget anyway with a 70 percent majority vote. But itҒs unlikely it will come to that.

At last nights meeting, Republicans expressed frustration that their efforts to seek layoffs to reduce the town budget had evoked little response from the townҒs Democratic administration. Democrats hold a 4-3 majority on the finance board.

Update: The Board of Finance passed the budget by a 5-2 vote at a special April 15 meeting. Republican Rick Benson crossed party lines to vote with the four Democrats for approval.



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