SOUTHINGTON - The Town Council will a vote on the proposed 2019-20 budget, which calls for a tax increase of 0.39 mill, at its May 13 meeting.
A public hearing on the budget proposal was held Monday, but no action was taken.
The spending plan totals $153.83 million and includes $98.98 million for the Board of Education budget and $54.85 million for everything else. If approved, the tax rate would increase from 30.48 to 30.87 mills.
“Probably three or four of them, including Board of Education Chair Brian Goralski, asked to restore the full amount of money that the Board of Education requested,” said Town Manager Mark Sciota.
The Board of Education’s original proposal called for $100.22 million - a $4.39 million increase over this year’s budget. The budget recommended by the Board of Finance, after a series of workshops, is an increase of $3.15 million.
Sciota said that two people also spoke about the General Government budget, speaking in favor of hiring two firefighters as included in the proposal.
The general government budget is a $1.62 million increase over this year’s spending. Sciota’s original proposal called for spending $55.07 million, an increase of $1.83 million.
Sciota has said the increase is largely a result of reductions in state aid because the town is being made to shoulder more teacher pension costs.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.