New Milford voters will go to the polls in May to vote on a $96.15 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

The Board of Finance made no changes April 10 in the Town Council's proposal.

The proposal calls for the schools budget at $59.6 million and the town side at $36.5 million, after personnel line adjustments.

The referendum on New Milford's budget will be May 14.

"We all cringe at some things in this budget and hate the fact of losing some positions," said Joanne Chapin, finance board chairman. "We may lose the car tax, which would be a $4.8 million tax loss."

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

Board of Education chairwoman Wendy Faulenbach was disappointed the $425,000 cut to the education budget had not been restored, but said she remained optimistic.

"While the $425,000 reduction is going to be extremely difficult to work through," she reflected, "I will support this budget,"

Faulenbach added that cuts to both sides have been "painful," but there is a need to balance taxpayers' needs in the equation of setting the budget.; 860-355-7322