First Selectman Edward
Haberek Jr.’s proposed 2014-2015 budget -- $23,695,478 -- represents a 1.87
percent over last year’s spending plan. The budget includes all municipal operations
and debt service. The full line-by-line budget is online here.
The Board of Finance examines, and perhaps whittles away, the budget Feb. 5, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26. Final deliberations for the town and school’s budgets ($30.5 million 2014-2015, which represents a 4 percent increase over last year) are slated for March 12 and possibly in subsequent weekly meetings. The full budget goes to the public at Stonington High School on April 10 at 7 p.m.
Haberek bullets his goals for the future in proposed budget:
new and enhance existing Recreation programs by offering and promoting access
to all Town fields.
assistance to residents enrolling in Affordable Healthcare Act programs and
continue to provide elderly residents with Medicare counseling, reviewing their
options for insurance with a certified, on-site CHOICES counselor.
to pursue on-line program registration and payment capabilities.
to offer supportive programming opportunities, such as free budget counseling,
which assist residents in securing stability and regaining self-sufficiency.
· Continue to pursue grants/donations and implement self sustaining programming.