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UPDATE: Three of Six Ballot Questions Approved

Mayors term will remain two years and municipal elections will be held in November.

Updated at 11 p.m. (Editor's Note: We originally got the wrong numbers for the first question. It has passed and is now correct in the article. We regret the error. - Paul Singley) 

Naugatuck voters want to cast ballots in November but they want the mayor's term to remain two years.

They also want opponents of budgets to work hard to force referendums and the Town Clerk to be elected.

However, they believe there are certain aspects of the Charter that are antiquated and need to be changed.

All of that was revealed Tuesday night when the results of six ballot questions were revealed. The following are the questions and the results: 

 

  • APPROVED - 5,413 Yes, 4,345 No - Shall the Charter be revised to change the date of the municipal election from the first Monday of May to the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd numbered years thereby extending the terms of the existing municipal office holders from the first Monday in May of 2013 to November of 2013?
  • VOTED DOWN - 4,557 Yes, 5,764 No - Shall the Charter be revised to extend the term of the office of Mayor from a two-year term to a four-year term commencing at the next municipal election? 
  • VOTED DOWN - 3,809 Yes, 5,878 No - Shall the Charter be revised by changing the budget referendum process by enabling four percent of the electors rather than the current eight percent on the last completed registry list to secure a position for a referendum subsequent to an initial referendum on the budget? 
  • VOTED DOWN - 3,987 Yes, 6,089 No - Shall the Charter be revised that the Town Clerk should be appointed by the Board of Mayor and Burgesses?
  • APPROVED - 4,886 Yes, 4,805 No - Shall the Charter be revised eliminate the Offices of Jurors, Board of Public Charities, Selectmen and the Board of Relief?
  • APPROVED - 5,915 Yes, 3,893 No - Shall the Charter be revised by eliminating language deemed outdated by the Charter Revision Committee?
Grace Jimenez November 07, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I am glad that the mayoral term will remain 2 years because although we REALLY appreciate our Mayor now and are very thankful for his concern for the residents of Naugatuck, we may have a Mayor in the future that we are not fond of and 4 years of that would not be beneficial to us at all.
brutus November 07, 2012 at 04:42 AM
thank goodness the original numbers were wrong. may elections are completely unnecessary....part of a bygone era. I would've liked the other provisions approved also, but I can't have everything. and Grace, I agree with you to an extent, but the other side of the debate is that it is very hard to expect worthwhile candidates to drop their careers and turn their lives upside down for only two years of job security.
Fred Scheithe November 07, 2012 at 06:29 AM
if a mayor is doing a good job, he/she will be re-elected regardless of the length of term. No need to change.
Adam Tremlett November 07, 2012 at 10:31 AM
The town clerk once told me that one of the joys of government work is not having to stay a minute late. ( even if it would help a tax paying couple and the community) One of the "joys" for me will be voting them out of a job!! This by the way, is also why I give the mayor a hard time every chance I get and why I voted to let him worry about HIS job every two years! Want to know what happened? Just ask.
Angie November 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Naugatuck voters, what were you thinking? Why did you vote to keep it difficult to force budget referendums? The taxpayers need to keep the Boards of this town in check; they spend our money like it grows on trees!
Watts November 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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Watts November 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Is this the Hillside teacher? What up holmes!
Ronald J Merancy November 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I read where the Chairman of this Charter Revision Committee, Andy Bottnick ( sorry if I spelled your name last name wrong Andy ) surmised that perhaps some people did not quite understand the wording of the question.... my replay to that is, Andy, perhaps we need to word these revision in plain simple English that a 5th grader can understand...like the way most newspapers are written..plain, simple English....
SuperDave November 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Because it is easy for the public unions to manipulate the vote in their favor by not voting. Since most of Naugatuck is on the public payroll, the last thing they want is people who are not on the public payroll making them accountable for budgets and cutting budgets. The favorite trick of the teachers union is to tell people not to vote at all. So even if the budget fails, not enough people voted, and all get raises!

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