New Milford voters will go to the polls Tuesday, May 14 to decide on a proposed $96.15 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

The education budget proposal stands at $59.63 million and the town side is $36.52 million.

The $96.15 million figure would represent a 1.9 percent tax increase, bringing the mill rate to 25.87 mills, or $2,587 tax on every $100,000 of assessed value on a property.

Mayor Pat Murphy encouraged voters to turn out in support of the budget.

"We refined the budget to increase security at our schools with the additional of another school resource officer," said the mayor.

"At the same time, we reduced the hours of and number of town personnel while trying not to affect services to the community,"

Wendy Faulenbach, chairwoman of the Board of Education, also called for voter support in spite of the $450,000 cut the original education budget proposal received from the mayor and Town Council.

"I am hopeful the budget will pass because reductions beyond the numbers we have been given will be very difficult," Faulenbach said Monday.

"As in every year," she added, "we have all tried to balance the needs of the district and town with those of the community."