Washington faces 2.2 percent budget bump
Published 4:37 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The town of Washington is facing a $16.2 million proposed budget for 2015-16.
That figure would represent a 2.2 percent, or $300,000, increase from the current fiscal year.
The Board of Finance will not propose a mill rate until after the budget is passed by voters.
"I think it's a workable budget," said First Selectman Mark Lyon. "We've done a lot for the town and, while our student population is up a bit, we managed to have a fairly low increase in our portion of the Region 12 education budget, which helped."
Washington's projected student population for the 2015-16 school year would be 45.8 percent of the region's overall enrollment. That translated to $9.7 million in education spending for the town, a $66,900 increase from 2014-15.
The proposed municipal budget is $6.5 million, including a winter maintenance supply line up 7 precedent, insurance up $12,000, and a 2 percent salary increase proposed for town employees.
The Board of Selectmen were set Monday to meet again with the Board of Finance. The public hearing on the budget was slated Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Bryan Memorial Town Hall. The town meeting to vote on the budget and two candidates for Region 12 Board of Education is scheduled May 21 at 7:30 p.m.
-- Susan Tuz