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First Selectman’s $24M Proposed 2014-15 Budget Online

The recommended spending plan represents a 1.87 percent increase over 2013-2014’s budget

Stonington First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr. Photo by Ellyn Santiago
Stonington First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr. Photo by Ellyn Santiago

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:

·       Create new and enhance existing Recreation programs by offering and promoting access to all Town fields.

·       Provide 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.

·       Continue to pursue on-line program registration and payment capabilities.

·       Continue 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.

 

Teg January 28, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Why an increase at all? And the 4% increase in the education budget is more than twice the rate of inflation. It's not healthcare costs that are killing America it's the constant above CPI index increases in the educational budgets with marginal if any results. Enough!
Tom Little January 28, 2014 at 07:05 AM
gee lets see he want an increase for the car the town supplies take that away, and the other day I noticed on a Sunday, the town trucks driving around lights flashing spreading sand on streets that had NO snow on them "clear" few days latter the paper reported the 16k+ over time for snow removal. Responsibility does not seem to ring in the halls of the town hall. Vote the budget down!
Dan C January 28, 2014 at 07:25 AM
We will vote NO over and over. NO increase. We have out of control spending now and can not afford to have our property taxes raised over and over again.
Lizzy January 28, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Really glad to see the Planning Director's job come back. We need to stop wasting money in lawsuits and start going forward again.

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