Yes, a number of towns, like Monroe, have nixed their budgets. But does it seem like the number of towns rejecting budgets is down this year?
It could be that at least some of the usual taxpayer groups who vote against budgets at referendum have been mollified somewhat by trends across the state that see towns trying to cut the budget and hold the line on taxes. It could also be that more voters are turning out to support budgets (and protect services) in a year when government finances are very much on everyone’s mind. Voter turnout is still pretty low, however.
We’ll have to see whether this is an actual trend, or just a blip, as budget season rolls on.