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Selectmen Make Adjustments to Proposed Town Budget

After spending the last few weeks gathering budget numbers from their department heads, town officials trimmed a bit here and kept some requests "as is."

 

Line by line, the Clinton Board of Selectmen looked at the proposed town budget, making some adjustments and keeping some requests as they stood.

The bottom line is after their review, they adjusted the proposed fiscal year '13-'14 budget by removing an additional $13,580 in departmental requests.

All five members of the board approved the proposed town budget of $15.37 million, which represents an increase of 2.89 percent over the current year, or $431,208.

For the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2013, the town budget is $14,939,743.

First Selectman Willie Fritz said the largest drivers that led to the increase include debt redemption costs, an increase in projects up for capital improvements, repairs and maintenance for the fire department, increased fuel costs at public works, and the annual mandated contribution to the police department's pension plan.

Fritz noted that the debt number may decrease following refinancing which is in the works.

Broken down, those numbers are included in the departments' overall increases from this year to the new fiscal year and include:

Debt Redemption: request increase of $143,747

Capital improvements: request increase of $79,000

Fire Department: request increase of $33,913

Dept. of Public Works: request increase of $64,386

Police Department: request increase of $84,229

Decreases include the following:

$28,665 decrease in General Government (health and life insurance, overtime insurance, heat and water, and electricity costs went down)

$12,511 decrease in Other General Government (Clinton's per capita dues to the Connecticut River Estuary Planning Agency decreased)

$4,000 decrease in Street Lighting

$697 decrease in Water & Hydrants

$200 decrease in Zoning Board of Appeals

Tomorrow, look for a chart that compares each departments' numbers from the current fiscal year (voter approved) to their requests for the upcoming fiscal year (proposed).

VIN CIMINO February 07, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Does it appear that we have a surplus from last year and, if so, how much?
Mark February 08, 2013 at 03:45 PM
For a town that is about to take on a huge expense (building a new school), I'm not getting a sense that there is any serious control in spending. Although these and the previous cuts discussed in this forum are steps toward this effort, more needs to be done. Our incomes are decreasing due to low or no cost of living raises and ever-increasing expenses (i.e. health insurance, taxes, fuel). Please stop presenting budgets that are fiscally irresponsible for us to vote on.
Huskyfan February 08, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Why is is not surprising that the police department is the second largest increase behind the "debt redemption plan"
VIN CIMINO February 23, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Could Patch please provide what the projected budget surpluses or deficits are for the town and the Board of Education? That information is very important in determining whether or not to vote for increased taxes.

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