Public Hearing On Proposed Budget Tonight

Now's your chance to have your say on the proposed '12-'13 town and school budgets.


The town and school budgets have been prepared and are awaiting two important upcoming dates.

The proposed and

Fiscal year '12-'13 begins July 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2013.

A is scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm at in the auditorium.  This will be organized and run by the town's Board of Finance who will take questions and comments from the public regarding the two budgets.

Just prior to the public hearing, the Board of Selectmen (who normally meet at 7pm) will hold their meeting at 6:30pm.

Following the public hearing, the town will hold an on May 2 at 7pm at town hall (this is a town charter requirement prior to moving a budget to referendum vote.)

The big date is the . That will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at town hall from 6am to 8pm. The town and school budgets will be separate questions. All registered voters and electors shall vote in one place - the Green Room (downstairs) at town hall.

As the referendum vote nears, look to Patch for information on the availability of absentee ballots.

Results of the budget referendum vote will be announced at town hall immediately following the close of the voting (8pm) and will be posted on Patch as soon as they are made available.

VIN CIMINO April 04, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The first step towards avoiding a complete financial meltdown in Clinton is to vote down the new high school proposal, which makes absolutely no sense and is certainly not the most responsible financial option. We can then look at what repairs and upgrades must be done at Morgan. We will deal with the budgets after the referendum on the school but we must first vote down this new school proposal. PLEASE VOTE NO ON APRIL 11th! Of course, anyone who cannot come out to vote on April 11th should go to the Town Clerk's office to fill out your ballot and hand it back in, or you can take it home. You can fax or email (a scanned copy) of your application for an absentee ballot to the Town Clerk's office. You can also download a copy of the absentee ballot application through the Connecticut Secretary of State's website. Please note that the Town Clerk does need the original ballot for your vote to count. PLEASE VOTE NO ON APRIL 11th!
Jane Scully Welch April 04, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Well Vin has opinion and of course I have mine. Last night I went to the Morgan presentation..and yes that was my cell phone that was ringing...very sorry! I had arrived early to take part in the tour with Keri Hagness. We were led downstairs and I was amazed at all that is down there...cramped in not so large spaces. We went from there to other areas...some familiar to a 1965 graduate, most not so. We even got to go on the stage in the auditorium...amazing...but not as roomy as you would think from the audience..and by the way many kudos to the cast and crew of Fiddler on the Roof. Hope you all were able to see . Morgan students ROCK!. I ASK YOU TO VOTE YES ON APRIL 11th!! Our Clinton kids are soooo worth it!! I do this for all the young parents I have met during this past year or so who are so very passionate about this Town . Sandy Luke said to me one day...'This is not my hometown, but it is my children's". That is how they all feel...they are in their 30's and 40's and are smart and energized..they work hard and want the best education for their kids and all our kids. I am always saying...OUR CLINTON kids are our future.......their parents are as well....Clinton is in good hands with the likes of Val and Leah and Stacey and Aidan and Maria and Mark and George and Jim and Alyson and Andrea and Pete and Jeff and John and so many others...you know who you are. I thank you all for caring about...my hometown!!! PLEASE VOTE YES ON APRIL 11th!
Clinton Resident April 04, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Mr. Cimino and Mr. Carr - Apparently you are so caught up in spreading your "no" vote intentions on the new high school, that you failed to actually read the article above. It is about the proposed 2012-2013 Town and Education Budgets.
Dick Dondero April 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Fay. Very informative write up on the Budget Public Hearing However I am sure that most taxpayers would have wanted to know what this years total budget increase is over last year in dollars and % as well as The Town's and the School budget increases. An estimate of the resulting mill rate for 2012-2013. This information would be helpfull as the taxpayers consider attending and commenting at the Public Hearing.
Kirk Carr April 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The resulting tax levy will increase 1.8% to push Clinton's already comparatively high mill rate to approximately 25.36.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Dick - In the article, there are links to several previous town budget and school budget articles that have all that information. Just click on the blue highlighted link.
Art Kuever April 04, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Mr. Carr, Please stop comparing the mill rates to other towns until they have gone through re-evaulation which most do not do until next year. Thank You.
Dick Dondero April 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thanks Fay for your response however all of the date you list in the article were also listed in previous Patch articles, Many readers may not be adept enough to click on all of the links. If these numbers were in your article it would more informative and I am sure that your aim was to inform the Tasxpayers. Otherwise you and Patch does a good job.
VIN CIMINO April 04, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Connecticut has the highest taxes of any state in the country. That's quite a distinction. But, there's another startling important fact: Connecticut has lost the greatest percentage of the 25-39 age segment of all states in the country. Instead of demanding "new school, new school, new school", why don't we focus on lowering taxes so that the kids in Clinton won't have to move out of state because we have created an intolerable, unaffordable financial environment? You can't ignore the fact that we must come up with a wastewater solution soon (or the state will impose their own) and it will be very expensive. Having the highest tax rate on the shoreline has no positive effect, only negative effects. It discourages people and businesses from moving here and forces many to sell their homes and businesses because they just can't afford to live or do business here any longer. No one wants to hurt the kids of Clinton, but that's exactly what you're doing by allowing the high school to continue to deteriorate and ignoring necessary repairs. Yet, if you ask the students at Morgan, their biggest issue isn't the building; it's what's going on inside the building. PLEASE VOTE NO ON APRIL 11th!
Kirk Carr April 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Mr. Kuever- The facts, though inconvenient, are that even before a revaluation, Clinton's mill rate was the second highest on the shoreline. With the loss of Unilever, the $9 million in infrastructure bonding, mandated wastewater project costs looming and now a $64.7 million school - Clinton will have an intractable tax disadvantage to other towns for 20 years or more. You are in denial. Failing to confront this truth is consequential even if you succeeded in silencing me, which you won't.
Art Kuever April 04, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The comparisons of mill rates should stop, they are almost impossible to compare because of differentiating values of everything. I never said that Clinton will be the lowest but the differential will be less when the re-eval happens. The loss of Unilever is not huge, they will still need to pay the property and building tax. The only loss to the town is the personal property which you did show correctly on the charts as being a sliver. We have to pay for the waste water whenever that plan is presented and whatever cost it comes to. We will not have this information soon. I am sorry the pipe from Westbrook was not brought through. Your truth and mine are different. I guess we will have to wait 20 years to see who is right. I will still be here in this town.


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