Voters to make the call Tuesday on budget

Voters in New Milford will go to the polls Tuesday, May 5, to decide on a $99.29 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16.

The proposed schools budget is $61.2 million and the proposed municipal budget is $38.1 million.

At those figures, the tax increase would be 1.7 percent.

If the budget were to be approved, taxes would be $2,675 on every $100,000 of assessed property value.

The budget season since January has been relatively uncontentious.

Board of Finance Chairwoman Joanne Chapin complimented town departments and the Board of Education for proposing what she termed reasonable, affordable budgets.

The Board of Education budget would represent a $617,000 increase from the current fiscal year.

Mayor Pat Murphy and the Town Council cut $400,000 from the bottom line, replacing it with $400,000 from the town's internal service fund toward staff medical expenses.

Schools business manager Jay Hubelbank noted since the economic downturn of 2008, education budgets in New Milford have averaged a 2 percent increase.

The current schools budget was just a 1 percent bump from 2013-14.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town's seven polling sites: Northville School, Schaghticoke Middle School, Pettibone School, Hill and Plain School, Sarah Noble School, the Lillis Administration Building and the Gaylordsville firehouse.

-- Susan Tuz