Shelton residents say 'yes' to referendum questions

Shelton voters gave a resounding “yes” to all five referendum questions on the ballot.

New fire apparatus, costing $3.5 million and bonding $5 million for road work won by the largest margins, with 84% of voters, saying yes to both. For roads 13,826 people said yes and just 2,657 said no. Fire apparatus was approved with 13,721 “yes” cotes and 2,575 saying “no.”

The $1.4 million to build a new animal shelter passed with 71% of voter support. Results show that 11,551 voters said yes to the shelter and just 4,781 voted no.

The $1 million for Canal Street reconstruction has 10,728 yes votes to 5,355 no votes, or about 67% support.

Charter Revision also passed by 71%, with 10,568 in favor and 4,301 against it.

“I’m pleasantly surprised by the referendum support,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said after hearing the results at Republican Headquarters. “These are great projects and we are in a position to do it. It’s going to keep me busy for a while but it’s worth it.”

State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) won reelection Tuesday night, with 6,031 votes to Democrat Elaine Matto’s 2,563 votes. He was also pleased to see the referendum projects pass.

“The residents of Shelton agree with and believe in what we are doing here as the Republican party, they believe in our leadership and our vision,” Perillo said.