Wilton's Mill Rate for FY 2013 set at 21.05

Twelve percent of the eligible voting populace came out to vote

FY 2013 passed, setting for next year at 21.0555 mills.

1,341 out of 11,121, or 12 percent, of eligible voters turned out to vote this year, with 800 persons voting to approve the budget, 515 against the budget, and just 10 people that believed the FY 2013 budget of $144 million was too low.

voting results are as follows:

  • Road repair: 877 for, 465 against.
  • New engine 4 tanker truck: 965 for, 371 against
  • New roof and generator for the : 850 for, 482 against.
  • repair/renovations: 702 for, 641 against.
  • Multiple renovations and repairs for: 843 for, 490 against.


What do you think? Tell us in the comments below. 

Joe Burke May 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I always find it remarkable that so many people will passionately argue their view on the budget but so few actually manage to vote.
This town disgusts me! May 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
It is absolutely disgusting that 88% of the voters in town did not care enough to come out and vote. None of you have any right to complain about how this town is run! I don't want to hear from you that taxes are too high or that the town does not spend enough on this or that. If you could not take a few minutes out of your lives to vote you have no right to complain about anything! No wonder our leaders think they can get away with doing anything they want. It is because of the 88% that they can! How many of you got up extra early on Saturday to go to Minks to Sinks, yet you couldn't go 1000 feet further down the road to vote? How many of you got up early to get your kid ready to take the SAT and drove your kid to the High School, yet you couldn't take the time to walk 10 feet further and vote? How many of you got up early on Saturday to take your kids to soccer and other sports, yet you couldn't devote an extra 5 minutes to decide the fate of this town? 88% of you do not deserve to live in this town!
Amo Probus May 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM
EMR May 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Gee whiz. since now that I am supporting Ambler Farm, a non-profit that should be providing it's own money through fund developement rather than handouts from taxpayers, can we have a party there with a women's tribute Led Zeppelin band?
Wilton Wins !! May 07, 2012 at 01:40 PM
EMR - Isn't it wonderful !! We won !! The Town gets to go forward inspite of / or because of your rants. Now be a good loser and give it a rest. Your 15 minutes are up 800 voters and 88% of the Town say so. But go to Ambler Farms for a visit. Bring your dog or borrow a neighbors. In a few months there will be fresh organic vegitables to be purchased - just one of the ways they are raising money to receive the town's match. It's a great day to be a Wiltonian !!
This town disgusts me! May 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Wilton wins - 88% of the town did not say so. 88% of the town is too lazy and/or doesn't give a $h1t. And I guarantee you that many of those 88% will complain about the town, either for or against it. And my response to those 88% will be to to tell them if you did not vote then shut the F**k up. And buy the way, when 88% of the town doesn't care enough to vote, it is a sad day to call yourself a Wiltonian or even an American.
Wilton Wins !! May 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
A non Vote is a Yes Vote ! I see a glass half full plus 880 votes
Mike75 May 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Agreed. Its pathetic that 88% of the town can't be bothered to vote on the budget. It takes 5 mins.
This town disgusts me! May 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Since you have the ability to see into the minds of the people who were too lazy to vote, perhaps you can predict for me which way the stock market is going this week, or the winning Lotto numbers? All a non vote shows is that the non-voter doesn't give a damn what this town does, that he/she is willing to let others make decisions for them. And to think that some of these non-voters are running companies, do they let others decide how to run their companies for them? No wonder this economy is such a mess.
Del Dridle May 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
They can and will do anthing they want. Keep an eye on that bloated Town Hall. It's like dancing with a bear. You don't stop until the bear says so.
COJ May 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Not voting does not mean everyone agrees or disagrees. It is not a mandate. It means that the voters who supported the budget did not vote because they were sure the budget would pass, and those who did not support all or part of it probably felt that it was a forgone conclusion that it would pass regardless of their vote. That is the way it has been in Wilton for many years. What is unfortunate however the budget was carved out by a lot of work by many people. In some ways they helped by getting rid of some unnecessary spending. Even though there were a lot of people who supported the digital wire system, the selectmen had the good sense to take it off the ballot. What is really sad is that this country was built in part by the sacrifices of past and present generations, and the right to vote was one of the most important. If today’s kids don’t see, and understand why their parents are taking a few minutes out of the day to cast a ballot, they are getting a very poor education, and the day may come when they don’t bother to vote either, history will tell you what that can lead to.
EMR May 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Dearest Wilton Wins!!, You have quite a racket going on with Ambler Farms. I'll make sure that I duck hook my second shot on the 10th hole at Rolling Hills into your lovely garden patch. That's the only time I will step on your non profit taxpayer funded playground. I will also make sure to use the private farm on Hurlbutt-Chestnut Hill and Georgetown. They do not have the gall to take advantage of a 12% voted bond issue that only 700 people voted for your little close knot coterie scheme. You should be ashamed of yourself. Do the right thing and hire a fund developer rather that take a handout from people who never use the darn place.
Eustace Tilley May 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
It's disheartening to see our community vote to place additional burdens on those struggling in town. It's stunning to see our elected officials manipulate and twist numbers to conceal their true impact. It's sad that so few came out to vote either way. It's worrisome that many who voted for the budget did not examine the facts and data that made a convincing argument to turn it down. Looks like we don't have a lock on educated voters... It's scary to realize blind 'trust' will further embolden elected officials to deceive voters in future years.
EMR May 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Dearest Wilton Wins!!, You have quite a racket going on with Ambler Farms. I'll make sure that I duck hook my second shot on the 10th hole at Rolling Hills into your lovely garden patch. That's the only time I will step on your non profit taxpayer funded playground. I will also make sure to use the private farm on Hurlbutt-Chestnut Hill and Georgetown. They do not have the gall to take advantage of a 12% voted bond issue that only 700 people voted for your little close knot coterie scheme. You should be ashamed of yourself. Do the right thing and hire a fund developer rather that take a handout from people who never use the darn place.
Elyse May 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Wow, only 12%? That's bad. And yes, LOTS of people were at Minks to SInks. I went there, then immediately went and voted. Unfortunately, it's not like there wasn't parking available at the voting :( Yes, if you didn't vote, you have no right to complain.
Geoffrey Day May 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Perhaps the latest budget vote indicates that Wiltonians are feeling more sanguine about the economy in general and their own prospects. This year's 12% turnout harks back to the flush times of 2005-2008 when as few as 9% of registered voters went to the polls, compared to the 24% who voted several years running earlier in the decade. Regardless, it does seem that your message fails to resonate; perhaps because this forum's following is smaller than you'd think, or likely because your sometimes valid criticisms of motive and method are frequently lost in the cloud of vitriol with which they are usually delivered. If, beyond simply wanting to roll back taxes, your concerns truly extend to effecting fundamental change for the better in the governance of this community, there are two obvious, related structural defects on which to focus your ire: the apportionment of board representation between the two political parties, so that candidates generally run unopposed, and the selection of those candidates by the party hierarchies, so that, ultimately, the direction of town government more closely reflects the agenda of certain politicians than the voice of the public.
Eustace Tilley May 08, 2012 at 05:24 PM
GD You are correct. There is no easy fix for an electorate willing to accept the status quo. Maybe it has to collapse from the weight of all of the additions before it's rebuilt to the original specifications.
Duck Hook May 08, 2012 at 05:37 PM
EMU / ETP - When the Town negotiated to buy the property conditions and agreements were made. Surely you do not want tothe Town to go back on its word ! Wilton agreed that this would be a private/public partnership similar to a our wonderful Library. There is quite an active Friends of Ambler Farm up and running that raises considerable $$ annualy as part of its portion of the agreement. Have you never been to any of the annual Ambler Farm Days ?? Have you never taken part in the fun and joy of Apple launching throught the giant sling shots, Pumpkins being tossed the entire length of the field by a trebuche, Hay rides, music, yarn and candle making, a burguer or bratwurst with all the trimmings, petting zoo ? Next Fall come join the hundreds of your townsmen and women and their children who do. Come to a banquet on a summer night with most of the food being served coming straight from the Ambler Garden. Come for the "Town famous" Easter Egg Hunt or Sit on Santa's lap while other family members pick out a Christmas Tree. You are missing out if you are not participating. Hundreds if not thousands do. Come on in - the water's fine !
Eustace Tilley May 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I have never commented on Ambler Farm other than to say its a valued resource.
EMR May 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Well Miss Duck Hook, Now that you put it that way, after I duck hook my shot into your lovely tax funded non profit coterie scheme of a strawberry patch, I'll be certain to declare the ball in bounds and proceed to take my most lofted club and attempt to slash it out. That's the only time I'll be on your little scheming 12% voting bond issue playground for the few where the proposal was almost defeated. I'll be taking my grandkids up the road to a decent farm in Wilton or Redding where thay do not conive money from the taxpayer to assuage a certain minority in town.
Duck Hook May 08, 2012 at 07:20 PM
EMR - You are a grinch, who sees the glass half empty. Put on your smile and take a walk through our great town. Or hop in your car and drive away - but you lost ! Deal with it and in quiet !!
EMR May 08, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Little Miss Duck Hook, allow me to guess where taxpayers money is going to purchase the supplies necessary to renovate our lovely pumpkin patch farm...Ring's end pray tell? also, who's "friends" of Ambler Farm are going to be engaged in this project that should have been funded privately rather than out of taxpayer's pockets???
Duck Hook May 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Don't know if supplies are purchased from Rings End or even if maybe some are even donated by them, but I guess i have to ask - are you against Ring's End ? A thriving business in Wilton that pays taxes to the Wilton coffers !! Lots of helpful employees ready and willing to serve. And support their families by doing so. Many families of which live and spend in Wilton. Are you against any other Wilton businesses too ? Should we all be buying everything in Bridgeport to support that city's economy ?? You speak out of so many sides of your mouth we all can't keep track which dribble to follow. So how about ... just be quiet. Confucious or some other deep thinker once said ... "it is better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool then to open it and REMOVE ALL DOUBT !!"
EMR May 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Little Miss Duck Hook, Do you have a copy of the Request For Proposal or bid request that Ambler Farm is sending out for supplies and work orders due to the result of our taxpayer handout?
Sarah Cusati May 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Many people don't vote, because they know their vote will not count. All over this country peoples votes have been destroyed, are took away from them. Only the rich and the powerful will decide what will happen, and who will be voted into any office in this country.This is America. Which is now, more like a 'Third World Country', to millions of its citizens.


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