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Old April 24th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default Newtown Voters Reject Budget With Extra School Security

In my mind, the one spending increase I would have no problem with would be one that protects our children in schools. You would think that the voters in the school district that just had a killing spree would think the same way.

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Newtown Voters Reject Budget With Extra School Security
Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards

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 said she's not sure what message voters were sending.

Officials will revise the budget, she said.
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First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra said she's not sure what message voters were sending.
Kinda curious about that message myself.
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Statistically speaking, that school will exist on for another 100+ years and never see another shooting. The odds of it happening are extremely low at all schools. However, the same statement goes for banks and other establishments that have armed security.

The money (in the eyes of the voters) could probably be spent better elsewhere. I personally would vote for it, but without knowing the rest of the budget it's hard to say.
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Look at it this way one officer for the school would cost with bennies what 60, 000.00 a year ? Two would be 120, 000 ?
Sounds like to me the city wants more budget and though worried the residents arent falling for it.
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Look at it this way one officer for the school would cost with bennies what 60, 000.00 a year ? Two would be 120, 000 ?
Sounds like to me the city wants more budget and though worried the residents arent falling for it.
Yet a lot of those residents want to spend billions of other tax payer's money trying to strip us of our rights?
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Yet a lot of those residents want to spend billions of other tax payer's money trying to strip us of our rights?
I doubt it was the majority that wanted that.
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I doubt it was the majority that wanted that.
It had to be.

90% of Americans want gun control.
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It had to be.

90% of Americans want gun control.
That's a bullshit statistic.
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Look at it this way one officer for the school would cost with bennies what 60, 000.00 a year ? Two would be 120, 000 ?
Sounds like to me the city wants more budget and though worried the residents arent falling for it.
X 7 schools.
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what the hell good is an unarmed security guard?
might as well give the football team bulletproof vests and baseball bats!
that is way better than an unarmed rent a cop.

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what the hell good is an unarmed security guard?
They will clearly get a "work" smart phone so they can "tweet" for help.
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What was the percentage of voters that voted?

I'm pretty sure half that town is being flow around in Air Force One on our dollar convincing the rest of the world that guns are bad.
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In my mind, the one spending increase I would have no problem with would be one that protects our children in schools. You would think that the voters in the school district that just had a killing spree would think the same way.

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/l...204458551.html


Newtown Voters Reject Budget With Extra School Security
Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards

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 said she's not sure what message voters were sending.

Officials will revise the budget, she said.
Perfect example of yet another thing wrong with America today...and it is not the voters in this case. The tone of your post and that article make it sound like voters specifically said no to increased school security. The media making more out of something than it is and you bought into it hook line and sinker. In fact the voters simply said no to an inflated budget, which happened to include increased school security as a small part. Can't and shouldn't fault them for that.

Should they have approved the budget just to get the increased security even if the rest of the budget could not be justified?? And even with no proof the unarmed guards would be any more effective then the unarmed principal was? Shouldn't all government (local, state and fed) be looking to cut budgets to keep in line with reduced revenues? Shouldn't you have all the facts before second guessing how the taxpayers decided their money should be spent in their community??

We are so knee jerk in this country. We have to do something, anything, no matter how ineffectual or futile it may be. Once we do something we can pretend we've solved the problem and get back to pissing and moaning to our elected officials about having to remove our drawbars or other such critically important day to day inconveniences.

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Kinda curious about that message myself.
Seriously?? Here it is for Selectwoman Patricia Llodra: You politicians are spending too much of our money!
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Perfect example of yet another thing wrong with America today...and it is not the voters in this case. The tone of your post and that article make it sound like voters specifically said no to increased school security. The media making more out of something than it is and you bought into it hook line and sinker. In fact the voters simply said no to an inflated budget, which happened to include increased school security as a small part. Can't and shouldn't fault them for that.

Should they have approved the budget just to get the increased security even if the rest of the budget could not be justified?? And even with no proof the unarmed guards would be any more effective then the unarmed principal was? Shouldn't all government (local, state and fed) be looking to cut budgets to keep in line with reduced revenues? Shouldn't you have all the facts before second guessing how the taxpayers decided their money should be spent in their community??

We are so knee jerk in this country. We have to do something, anything, no matter how ineffectual or futile it may be. Once we do something we can pretend we've solved the problem and get back to pissing and moaning to our elected officials about having to remove our drawbars or other such critically important day to day inconveniences.

Seriously?? Here it is for Selectwoman Patricia Llodra: You politicians are spending too much of our money!
At least they got to vote on it. The federal government has been operating exactly how you described for decades.

Why should a city government be any different?
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Statistically speaking, that school will exist on for another 100+ years and never see another shooting. The odds of it happening are extremely low at all schools. However, the same statement goes for banks and other establishments that have armed security.

The money (in the eyes of the voters) could probably be spent better elsewhere. I personally would vote for it, but without knowing the rest of the budget it's hard to say.
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Seems like how they spin government officials voting records for campaign ads. They say so and so voted against something, but don't mention that it was part of 10000 other things that were part of the bill voted against.
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