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LC Restores $200,000 Back to Board of Ed Budget

LC and BOE hope this will be the budget that passes

On Wednesday night, the Legislative Council heard from First Selectman Patricia Llodra and John Kortze that $240,000 of unassigned capital funding from a non-recurring account could be used to restore funds to the budget, as long as it was used for capital projects.

After a four and a half hour meeting, the Legislative Council voted to use $200,000 of those funds to add back into the Board of Education budget.

The Town budget would receive the remaining $40,000 after reducing their budget by $160,000.

According to Llodra, these particular funds would not result in an increase in taxes, and already exist in a fund.  

Tax increases are now set at .91 percent

Po Murray describes the  funds in a Patch comment, “John Kortze and Pat Llodra found $240,000 in the capital non recurring account which is not part of the general fund. This is the balance remaining after millions were moved into the Fund Balance (the rainy day fund) when the Fund Balance was created after we changed the Charter in 2008 for the town to manage its own surplus (the surplus $$ will no longer be used to offset the tax increase the following year). 

They recommended to the LC that this money could be used to meet the needs of their divided electorate. The LC approved the use of $200K of this amount for capital items in the BOE budget to free up $200K for some other operating expenses. The LC also approved the use of $40,000 for town use however they reduced the town side of the budget by $160K to reduce taxation to about .9% (from 1.07%). Prior to the vote, the BOE presented a potential scenario of the cuts in services and programs to achieve the $1MM reduction.”

 The meeting began with passionate comments from the majority of supporters calling for a reinstatement to the education budget, but a handful of residents did plead for a zero-increase to taxes.

Debby Leidlien, chairman of the Board of Education, handed out a breakdown of budget costs that could be reduced, and hopefully would not effect actual education, however, it seems certain that full day kindergarten will not happen with the 2012-2013 budget.

Big Family June 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Yoda, So we read an article that states that we are "doing more with less" what do you expect department heads to say "hey we have way to much money here take some back" The elected officals have to discern what is needed and what is each departments wish list items. Naive is more accurate.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com June 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Phil I think one of the issues with the $240,000 is that the BOF and LC are asking for the taxpayer to raise new funds by taxation of $200,000 when the money was already stashed away and could have been and perhaps should have been moved into the fund. No one appears to have been upfront about this money, All the talk about the urgency of increasing the fund for bond ratings and how we must have another $200,000 and it was there all along.
yoda June 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Big Family, Seems like everyone forgot the Budget proposed by the B. of Police Com. was reduced at the Board of Selectman level and recently at the LC level after the 3rd ref. The budget proposed was by the BoPC was a same services budget that was still cut twice. This was the third year in a row the PD budget was cut from the original budget presented by the BoPC. The calls for service during that time keep going up. Doing more with less is not naive but a reality.
James June 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
yoda, tell me were understaffed. How about a town comparision to back up your statement. Population of Newtown vs PD Staff, then tell me we are understaffed. By the way another of Newtown's finest was setting a speed trap on the bottom of queen st. right infront of the speed bump. Oh great yoda, tell me how much sense that makes. Really stretched at the old PD.
James June 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM
again cut 10 PD positions save 650,000 and tell me were going to be less safe in town. What a joke, doing more with less what ? a motorcyle patrol why ? D.A.R.E. car to park outside highschool, new cruisers every year, computers to run random license plates. Yeah, we are really getting our monies worth in that Dept. nicer in Newtown if your overpaid PD.

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