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Town Manager Michael Milone is proposing a $2 million budget increase for the upcoming fiscal year that, if approved, would result in a tax increase for most residents and businesses.
On Monday morning, Milone released the 2012/2013 proposed Operating Budget, which marks an increase of more than two percent from the current year’s operations. The $99.7 million plan includes an increase to the mill rate which, on average, would result $184 more in taxes for a homeowner with two vehicles. The budget is now in the hands of the Cheshire Town Council, which will discuss it over the next month before adopting the final plan on April 10. Milone said there were “clear expectations” from the Council and he crafted the spending plan accordingly.
“It’s clear the Council didn’t want an expansive budget,” Milone said. “Hopefully, it’s close to the target they want.”
The proposal includes a $63.2 million request from the Board of Education, a figure, laid out originally by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio, that Milone did not adjust at all. Additionally, the budget proposal calls for $27 million in funding for Town government. Milone said the budget proposal did not include any reductions to services and was strictly a “maintenance budget.”
For more on this story, including comments from Town Council Budget Committee Chairman David Schrumm, see this week’s Cheshire Herald.