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Budget Referendum Set For May 8

The Town of Stonington held its annual Town Budget Meeting Monday night.

 

Stonington residents will have their say on the $57,133,696, 2012-2013 proposed town budget on May 8.

The referendum is the next and possibly final stop in a budget process that began in November of 2011. If voters approve the budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2012 the mill rate would raise 0.42 mills to 16.05 an almost double increase from the 2011-2012 budget. A homeowner with a house appraised at $200,000 would pay an additional $84 in taxes.

Few residents turned out for the Annual Town Budget Meeting held Monday night at and even fewer spoke. Of the four people who spoke the biggest response was a round of applause for one resident who said it was an excellent budget and encouraged people to vote for it. Other speakers voiced concerns about the state of the roads, questioned other potential revenue sources and asked about the money in the budget for the now vacant planning and zoning director position, which the town is still deciding whether or not to fill.

Here is the budget breakdown by department for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. A complete copy of the recommended budget is available on the Town of Stonington website.

  • Office of the Selectman: $ 895,734
  • Department of Administrative Services: $ 3,612,630
  • Department of Finance $ 1,530,370
  • Debt Service: $ 4,694,175
  • Department of Planning & Land Use: $ 387,797
  • Department of Public Works: $ 6,047,614
  • Department of Police Services $ 4,682,170
  • Department of Human Services $ 1,059,476
  • Board of Education: $33,206,600
  • Schedule C Capital Improvements $ 2,216,600

On May 8 polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The First and Third Voting Districts will vote at the , the Second District at the and the Fourth and Fifth at the

In 2011, only 12 percent of those which passed with 1,083 voting yes and 394 voted no.

 

Mike Freitas May 02, 2012 at 12:05 PM
After 12 years away from Stonington, my wife and I bought a house here less than a month ago and are grateful to be back in town. We fully support the budget and hope a majority of residents do, as we believe interfering with the Board of Ed's portion is a dangerous road at a time when our youth deserve and need all the resources we can provide. We personally owe so much to the Stonington Public Schools.

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