SOUTHINGTON - No new taxes - the Town Council voted to unanimously approve a $148.7 million 2018-2019 budget Monday with a zero percent mil rate increase.
“I couldn’t be happier to say this - this is huge,” said council Chairman Chris Palmieri upon announcing the zero percent increase. “This wouldn’t be possible without collaboration between our local boards and the state of Connecticut.”
“We addressed the needs of the community of Southington in a way that is fiscally responsible and has the highest quality services,” said Councilor Dawn Miceli.
Councilor William Dziedzic expressed some concern about how the state was able to come up with the additional municipal funding.
“If they just took out a loan because this is an election year than that’s sad,” he said.
Councilor John Barry praised the bipartisan budget passed in Southington and said that state revenues had surpassed expectations, which allowed for additional funding.
Palmieri noted that there is still a $1 million contingency fund included in this year’s budget because of potential uncertainty at the state.
“We are very fortunate thanks to a bipartisan effort at the state level,” Palmieri continued. “We have received quite a bit of additional funds with the state budget that we hadn’t planned for. The town is in a good place going forward. I have spoken with Speaker Aresimowicz and he said that there is bipartisan support for preventing the governor from taking back education cost sharing funding like he did last year. There is enough support for this even if the governor tries to veto.”
Councilor Victoria Triano said the town was very fortunate to have additional state funding.
“We had cut the budget as much as we could,” said Triano.
The town government portion of the budget totals $52.9 million. The Board of Education portion of the budget comes to $95,827,200, which factors in $515,200 restored to the Board per the Board of Finance’s recommendation. $33,779,389 is going to the Capital budget, $5,558,500 is going to the sewer budget and $245,110 is going to the sewer budget.
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