Washington tries to shave budget

Washington's Board of Selectmen are working to trim its budget proposal for 2013-14.

First Selectman Mark Lyon presented a $5.67 million town budget proposal April 1 to the Board of Finance, including a $4.31 million operating budget, 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 stands -- $9.52 million -- the total budget would be up 2.5 percent fromm fiscal year 2012-13.

The finance board asked the selectmen to look for savings. New figures were to be presented Monday 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 on the 2013-14 budget is set for May 2 at 7:30 p.m., and the town meeting on the budget will be May 16 at 7:30 p.m., both at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

Susan Tuz