Selectmen strive to trim Washington budget
Washington Board of Selectmen is working to trim its budget proposal for 2013-14.
First Selectman Mark Lyon presented a $5.67 million town budget proposal Monday to the Board of Finance -- a $4.31 million operating budget for a .5 percent increase and $1.36 million capital, up 36 percent from the present year.
Adding the town's portion of the Region 12 education budget as it now is proposed -- $9.52 million -- the total budget would be up 2.5 percent from the present year.
The finance board has asked the selectmen to look for savings. New figures will be presented April 8 by Lyon.
Factors in the selectmen's proposal are public safety pay adjustments and continuing the "very aggressive" road improvement/maintenance program started last year, Lyon said.
A public hearing for the 2013-14 budget is set May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The town meeting for the budget will be May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Both events will be held at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.