Washington voters will soon consider a $5.03 million town budget. Voters will have their say May 19 on a proposed .6 percent increase over the present year.

Selectmen set the operating budget at $4.04 million (a .1 percent decrease), with $937,500 in capital expenses. Road work, equipment purchases and funding set aside for a future property purchase to stock pile road materials are included in the capital.

"We had a lot of help from our department heads keeping increases minimum," said First Selectman Mark Lyon. "We're also only giving 1 percent raises and were able to keep the insurance premium flat."

Washington's portion of the Region 12 school district budget rose 2.2 percent, coming in at a proposed $9,346,185.

The schools budget will be up for a vote Tuesday for all three towns.

Should that budget pass, Washington voters would face an overall 1.6 percent increase in total town and schools budgets, or $14.37 million.

A public hearing on the budget is set May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

Susan Tuz