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Milone Proposes Four Percent Increase In Spending

March 10, 2011 by Josh Morgan

The Operating Budget presented by Town Manager Michael Milone on Thursday calls for an increase in spending of more than four percent.
To support the $99.5 million budget, Milone is proposing a mill rate increase of 3.77 percent. To the average taxpayer with a house and two cars, the increase would result in an additional $244 in taxes. Milone's proposed budget, which represents an increase of $3.9 million, or 4.1 percent, compared to the current fiscal year, does not affect programs and services, and does not include any layoffs. The major cost drivers in the 2011/2012 budget are increased costs for salaries, pensions, and medical benefits.
Milone also reduced the Board of Education budget by $700,000, costs that, according to Milone, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio believes can be absorbed through different accounts, such as medical benefits. The reduction to the BOE budget would not affect programs, services, or employees.
"This is a maintenance budget," Milone said.
For the complete story, see this week's Cheshire Herald.

Comments

budget increase

March 10, 2011 by ONEJAGR, 3 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 1626

When the average resident of Cheshire gets a 4.1% pay increase then I'd be OK with raising the budget. Sometimes the folks running town government don't realize that not only do they want their increased pound of flesh but so does the oil company to heat my home and car, the town sewage rate which goes up every year, CLP to supply electricity, all insurances plus a huge increase in grocery expenses. The town should be looking to cut expenses not increase them when the average tax payer has less to spend. It's ironic that the town is looking for salary increases instead of freezing pay. If the arguement is that the salary increases are due to already established contracts, maybe we should find a town manager that negotiates better contracts on behalf of the average taxpayer.

Budget Increase

March 31, 2011 by swhin, 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 1633

I agree, but when I commented on this I was told that it isn't a pay raise. It reflects the increase cost of Health Care. As if Health Care is not a pay raise. Our government officials are blind to what is going on. They think they are entitled to what ever they want if they can spin it correctly. The first order of business is get what they can and then they'll think about the tax payers. All those benefits our elected officials have e.g. health care, pensions, pay raises are locked in forever. We can never get them back. To appease us they go after the union and make them pay for our elected officials benefits. I think all cuts should be made across the board. That is if they have the courage.

tax increase

March 16, 2011 by sixpack255 (not verified), 3 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 1630

I agree- what this town needs is a tax cut, not an increase. Malloy is going to kill us with new taxes. We have too many town employees-a 10% cut would do nicely-same for BOE- get rid of all the vice principals and half the administrators-the position of secretary hardly exists in indusry-yet we have about 30-40 in the boe-and class sizes should be about 25-30 , not 14 as it averages at Cheshire.

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