Budget Battle is Over

Dear Members
As you may have read in the Courant this morning, our local budget battle may be over.  Town Council voted along party lines last night to adopt a budget.
They are asking for an additional $300,000 in cuts from the School Board (on top of the $2 million in tightening cuts) while making no personnel cuts on the Town side, adding a new assistant fire chief, and purchasing the UCONN property for $1 million.
This new budget will result in a small property tax increase in town of 2.6%.  A referendum at this point is still possible but unlikely.  So in the end, the school district is cutting costs and 16 positions…some due to declining enrollment, but the massive cuts that we were all worried about are not going to happen this year and our contractual agreement will be honored next year.  (Step movement, etc…)
Town Budget:
UCONN purchase:
State Level (Partisan disagreement, lack of progress)
Link to Town Council meeting video:

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