You Compare the Numbers: '13-'14 Proposed Budget

Here's a chart outlining the proposed town budget with the current year's figures showing what is proposed and what may increase or decrease.


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 about half of the town departments - another chart will follow listing the current and proposed budgets of the health department, town clerk, assessor, probate court, etc.

Department FY '12-'13 Budget Approved by Voters FY '13-'14 Requests $ Change % Change General Gov't Administation*  $4,416,505 $4,387,840 $(28,665)  -0.65 Police  $2,464,470 $2,535,247 $  70,777
  2.87% Public Works  $1,543,606 $1,607,992 $  64,386   4.17% Debt Redemption  $1,375,346 $1,519,093 $143,747 10.45% Library  $   723,000 $   740,104 $  17,104   2.37% Communications  $   537,861 $   554,499 $  16,638   3.09% Capital Improv.  $   532,000 $   611,000 $  79,000 14.85% Water & Hydrants  $   365,697 $   365,000 $    (697)  -0.19% Park & Recreation  $   243,813 $   259,624 $  15,811   6.48% Other Gen. Gov't**  $  296,850 $   284,339 $ (12511) -4.21% Fire Department  $  292,087 $   326,000 $  33,913 11.61%

* includes social security, pensions, workers compensation, health and life insurance, fuel, electricity and travel

** includes costs associated with membership and services from the Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Agency, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the Estuary Council.

Mark February 14, 2013 at 02:05 PM
There are many of us who would love to receive a 2.89 percent increase in our income. Any increase we may receive will be used up to cover health insurance increases. So the citizens of Clinton will need to tighten up their belts for some significant increases for capital improvements, fire department, debt redemption and park and rec. What is going to happen when we start paying for the new school?
Dick Dondero February 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
This percentage increase in the Town Budget is a lot less tan has been proposed in the past few years however we need to see the Education Budget and its proposed % increase to really understand the total impact on the Towns Taxpayers. The BOS worked very hard to keep the increase less than 3% lets hope that the BOE can come up with a 0 % increase keeping in mind the reduction in students.
VIN CIMINO February 15, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Simple, Mark. The new school expense alone will result in nearly a 10% increase in your taxes. Of course, if the the state decides to reduce its contribution, in light of estimated $2.2 billion deficit predictions for the next two years, the increase will be even higher.
VIN CIMINO February 15, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I'd like to thank Patch for providing this information. It's very helpful. Now, it's also very important to know what the estimated budget surpluses are for the town and the Board of Education. Could Patch please provide that essential information? Thank you.
Fay Abrahamsson February 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM
At last evening's Board of Selectmen's meeting, they announced that the Board of Education saw a $825,000 surplus. This was the number that showed in the audit.


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