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You Compare the Numbers: '13-'14 Proposed Budget, Part II

Here's the second half of town department budget numbers proposed for fiscal year '13-'14.

 

The town budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 (which begins July 1, 2013) is proposed at $15,357,499. That number represents a 2.8 percent increase (or $417,756) over the current, approved budget which is $14.94 million.

In the past month, First Selectman Willie Fritz has edited the budget, as has the entire Board of Selectmen. They have reduced certain department requests here and there, which resulted in the $15.36 million number. In a vote, that number was approved by the selectmen.

The numbers presented in this chart represent the current budget (FY '12-'13) and the proposed budget and the differences. The school budget is not part of this budget.

This is a listing of the second half of proposed town department budgets.  To see the first chart which included the police and fire departments, the library, public works, parks & recreation, and more, click here.

Department FY '12-'13 Budget Approved by Voters FY '13-'14 Requests $ Change % Change Youth & Family $227,363 $241,235 13,872  6.10 Harbor Commission
  $37,500   $39,250   1,750  4.67 Shellfish Commission     $3,000     $3,000       -    0 Health $163,308 $166,125   2,817  1.72 Building $110,184 $116,509   6,325  5.74 Water Pollution   $52,550   $53,250      700  1.33 Technology $174,767 $182,277   7,510  4.30 Street Lighting $121,000 $117,000 (4,000) -3.31 Civil Preparedness     $4,600     $4,600 -     0 Animal Control   $64,206   $65,221   1,015  1.58 Fire Marshal   $39,500   $43,500   4,000 10.13 Town Hall Maintenance $160,888 $167,458   6,570  4.08 Planning & Zoning   $69,606   $69,828     222  0.32 Zoning Board of Appeals     $3,000    $2,800   (200)  -6.67 Inland Wetlands Commission   $66,386   $66,878     492   0.74 Economic Development     $4,350     $7,400  3,050 70.11 Probate Court     $4,524     $4,524      -     0 Tax Collector $152,453 $154,384  1,931  1.27 Assessor $132,782 $139,430  6,648  5.01 Town Clerk $155,820 $160,805  4,985  3.20 Elections & Meetings   $30,684   $30,684      -     0 Finance $171,563 $174,184  2,621  1.53 Selectmen $156,273 $156,419     146    .09
Mark February 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Unfortunately, there is no incentive for government to be efficient and cut back on expenses. In light of what is down the road for Clinton tax increases, I would have expected no increases. Possibly a reduction?
Steve Bristol February 21, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Fay Is it known when the Board of Ed numbers will be made public? Thanks, Steve
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Hi Steve - The Board of Education will present their proposed '13-'14 budget to the public next Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7pm at town hall.
Bradford J. Sullivan February 21, 2013 at 09:41 PM
What expenses did you have in mind?
Mark February 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM
There is no doubt that determining which expenses to cut is a lot of work and painful; overwhelming given the size of the budget. Anyone volunteering to do this deserves a lot of thanks. Without rolling up my sleeves and going over the details, I couldn't answer your question.

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