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AVON, June 11, 2024 – The City of Avon’s budget proposal failed in a referendum on Friday, with 71 percent of voters rejecting the city’s latest $116.087 million budget proposal, while 39 percent voted for it.

According to city records, 2,431 people participated in the city budget vote, the highest number of voters since 2005. The budget bill was rejected by a vote of 1,745 to 686.

The first budget referendum of the year on May 15 failed by an even larger margin of 1,378 to 299 votes, or 82.1 percent to 17.8 percent. According to city records, this was the largest rejection of a city budget since at least 1999.

What’s next?

The third and final budget referendum will be held on Monday, July 8, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center. If the budget fails for the third time, the City Council will set the city’s budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year, as written in the city charter.

A budget workshop with three committees, including the Finance Committee, City Council and Education Committee, will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Company No. 1 Board Room at 25 Darling Drive to develop a draft budget that will be presented at a public hearing on June 24.

There will be no opportunity for public comment at the budget workshop. An agenda with a link to virtually attend the meeting will be posted on the Finance Committee website.

If necessary, a second budget workshop with three committees is planned at the fire department on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

The Finance Committee will hold a public budget hearing on Monday, June 24, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center. It will be livestreamed via GoToMeeting, but comments will only be permitted from residents who attend the meeting in person.

The live stream can be accessed via the Internet at the following address: or call 1-866-899-4679 and enter access code 376-546-261.

After the public hearing is adjourned, the Finance Committee will hold a meeting at the Senior Center to set the budget for the third referendum.

Information on the proposed budget will be made available on the Town’s website at when it becomes available.

The city’s budget proposal for the first referendum was also $116.097 million.

The difference in the second referendum was $323,263 in additional state revenue—$240,422 from vehicle tax refunds and $82,841 from educational contributions.

According to city documents and the Finance Committee presentation, a surcharge of $323,263 would have reduced the proposed tax increase from 3.3 percent to 2.96 percent.

The $116,087 budget rejected by voters had a total increase of $5.9 million, or 5.44 percent, and would have resulted in a 2.96 percent tax increase. The city’s proposed operating budget of $31.0 million had an increase of $1.2 million, or 4.25 percent. The school board’s budget was set at $72.2 million, an increase of $3.3 million, or 4.90 percent, from the previous year.

Information on the Avon City Budget 2004-25

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