It's that time of year again when town officials begin formulating the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board of Selectmen have been meeting with department heads to get an overall picture of their budget needs for 2013-2014 which begins July 1, 2013.
Yesterday, Patch ran Part I of this article. .
As a side note, union contracts for clerical, public works and police employees expire in June. Salaries will remain the same until contract negotiations are complete.
This is an overall review of where supervisors see a need for increases as well as where they have decreases in their department. No numbers have been set in stone. The Board of Selectmen plans to finalize the budget at their February 6 meeting.
The Board of Finance plans to hold two budget meetings in the Green Room at Andrews Memorial Town Hall on Feb. 12 and Feb. 14, both at 7pm. The Board of Education is presenting their budget to the public on Feb. 28 at the Rose Room in Town Hall at 7pm.
There will be plenty of opportunity for community comment at the upcoming budget public hearings.
Here are some highlights from the Board of Selectmen budget review meetings and minutes:
Tax Collector – Prices for printing the rate book and Quality Data (software) services have increased. E-Billing is not being utilized as much as other towns because of the additional fee (which does not go to the town). The budget decreased by $400. Tax Collector’s salary increased by 2 percent. First Selectman Willie Fritz reduced stationery and supplies by $100.
Town Hall Maintenance/Renovations – There was a request in this budget for the part time position to be a full time position. The full time position would be a 30 hour per week union position servicing the new Annex building, Youth & Family Services, Social Services and Public Works. Part time salaries would decrease by $7,500 and overtime would decrease by $4,800.
Building Department - Business is up 25 percent. A $1,800 software maintenance line item will be added to this budget. Salary increase is contractual. Remainder of the budget stayed the same.
Inland Wetlands – Fritz reduced repairs and maintenance by $50. Supervisor's salary increase is contractual. Remainder of the budget stayed the same.
Planning & Zoning – Postage decreased by $80. Fritz reduced education by $200 and repairs and maintenance by $50. Supervisor's salary increase is contractual.
Zoning Board of Appeals - Fritz decreased postage by $150 and repairs and maintenance by $50.
Human Services - Clinton Social Services and Youth & Family Service Bureau have been consolidated into one budget. Transportation is now funded through grants. Consultant fees decreased by $800. Repairs and maintenance decreased by $450. A $5,000 line item was added to the budget for Social Services Discretionary Funds. Social Services part time assistant position was increased to 18 hours per week. The State Department of Education will contribute $7,000 towards salaries.