Selectmen Present Projected Budget Breakdown

The First Selectman is arranging office hours for anyone who would like to discuss the budget.

Newtown's most up-to-date budget proposal was presented at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday night, July 2. 

Issued by Director of Finance Robert Tait, the $106,246,838 proposed budget carries a tax increase of 0.69%.

There are three major components of the budget that contribute to the increase, according to First Selectman Patricia Llodra -- municipal services, debt service and the Board of Education.

Under the latest budget proposal, municipal services has decreased by $130,000, to -0.14 percent of its current funding level. 

The Board of Education budget increase of $384,367, or 0.41%, comes in for a total of $68,355,794.

Debt service has increased on a yearly basis by $337,396, or 0.36%, which translates to a total $10,059,789. What that means for a taxpayer with an average property tax bill of $8,000 is that $26 of his/her $55 increase would be due to debt service. 

According to Selectman William Rodgers, the debt service increase is due to a contractual commitment from years past. “We have no control over this,” he said. 

There has been a 0.06% decline in other revenues, Llodra said, which translated to an addition of $54,718 to the tax increase. 

The overall projected tax increase of $1,286,481 is decreased by $640,000, which is the result of an increase in the Grand List.

“If you add all of these up, it amounts to $646,481, which is exactly the amount of the increased tax burden,” Llodra said.

The mill rate would be 24.54 -- 0.69% higher than the current 24.37 mills. For a further breakdown of the budget, see the attached PDF.

This is Newtown's fifth shot at passing the 2012-13 budget., with many calling for a budget that carries no tax increase. The next referendum is scheduled for July 12 at Newtown Middle School.

Have Your Say

For those residents who would like to discuss any aspect of the budget, Llodra has scheduled additional office hours. The chair and vice chairs of the Board of Finance, Board of Education and the Legislative Council may also choose to attend meetings. Llodra said that at least some of the board members will be available to answer questions.

The hours are:  

  • Sunday, July 1, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2-3 p.m.
  • Friday, July 6, 5-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 7, 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, July 9, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 5-6:30 p.m.
Eddie Willers July 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Spending more to get the same service does not pass for a vision in most places. A vision would look more like: "I bet I could educate twice as many kids for 50% less money if I did X" Where X is actually a different approach. Moody's credibility is pretty shot, not sure how relevant they are, but they would be completely irrelevant if the town was fiscally responsible and stopped borrowing. Should be easy, 34th richest and all....
Jan Andras July 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
And who will pay to build this "attractive village with boutiques, restaurants"? That's the problem at Fairfield HIlls, it costs too much to renovate and/or tear down the buildings that are there. And as for high end condos, where have you been the past ten years - people have been screaming NO RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT FAIRFIELD HILLS! Personally, I don't agree with that sentiment tho.
DAY July 06, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I was at town hall today for an absentee ballot. It was busy with other people doing the same. Some were families with kids.
Truthteller July 07, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Ms. Andras, what would be the benefit of building houses/condos/apartments at FFH?
Thomas Crafts July 07, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Dear PO, You are in the wrong town. You need to move to a place where you are in over your head finically, and see what it feels like. Try Greenwich or Ridgefield. Take a big mortgage, then have the house go down 40% and have your husband loose his job. Now they want 5% more in tax and how does that make you feel? It makes you feel out of control, which is the worst feeling for a girl like you. Good luck selling your house here, because you can't, so why don't you just keep both to really get a feel for what financial strain is all about!
Thomas Crafts July 07, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Plenty of families with kids are voting no. Had a nice talk with a woman with two kids in the school system who has been living here her whole life and went through the school system herself. She said her youngest was in a class with 6 other kids, and the quality of education is not as good as when she went through. kids doing drugs in the bathrooms, lack of discipline, she's not happy.
DAY July 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM
"..kids doing drugs in the bathrooms, lack of discipline, she's not happy." A) How is taking more of my money going to solve those problems? B) It's a myth that the majority of "no" voters want more money restored.
Truthteller July 07, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Re: special office hours to discuss the budget referendum--- what a comlete waste of everyone's time, including board/council members. You all have been told (4 times already!) that your budgets are unacceptable. We've been to the polls going on 5 times to repeat ourselves. How is spending additional hours "discussing" this helpful? "You" are in office to represent "us". What are you waiting for? "We" are not laying down for anything but zero. Oh, and, Ms. Llodra, since you read these postings and are so interested in "discussions"--how about discussing the economic development director's net production over the past 5 or 10 years??? Your silence on this is deafening.
Wayne Addessi July 08, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Why are we voting NO? is it the local and national economy, the direction of our Town and Country, the bloat in government both locally and nationally? The majority has spoken and the voters say NO. To have had to return to the polls 5 times now is absurd. IIt is a shame because as we know, if the budget vote passed the first time, this would be all over now. Right? What does a No vote mean then? Have you asked yourself if we don't like the way the elections turn out can we try again until we get it right?? What a sham or is it a shame? 2012 is the year we reverse spending in Newtown. Agree? We can do it in Newtown and we're just about there. I do hope all of you attend a meeting at the municipal center and make your points heard. Maybe what's more important is if you ask our officials to ask us a few question for a change and listen. I'd like to know what our town government may want to learn from any one of us and I hope you might too? Over the past few years many small and large business have seen very difficult and ever changing times unlike ever before. Why should Newtown be immune to change? We learn great lessons when we find ourselves in need of change. It was Jack Welch who recently was quoted as saying "unfortunately in this great Country of ours until we hit a wall, we will find change then."
Les July 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
This is absolutely crazy that we have to go vote No for the 5th time, and no one seems to get that NO means NO! The majority of NO votes do not want a tax increase. The minority of individuals, like Po , who say they vote NO because they want to spend more money are the minority. They are living in the wrong Town and should consider a move to Ridgefield....Please!!! And as for Pat Llodra and the LC-----I have lost all trust in you and you will not be re-elected with my vote!!!
Rodney Munos July 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Vote to cut taxes, not just 0% increase, the taxes went up every year last 20 years, they pretty much got whatever they asked for, 106 million and population is only 30k, that is totally insane. How about to get back to the ground, enough of flying high, it's for your kids future, they will appreciate lower taxes !!!
Thomas Crafts July 09, 2012 at 01:34 AM
A) It Won''t B) She doesn't want money restored she wants it cut. To much spending, taxes too high!
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com July 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Carey arn't you an owner of a company with a bus contract with Newtown?
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com July 09, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Carey interesting post. 1. If we are to never use any money in the fund balance for operating expense, can you explain what the fund balance is for? 2. Saving over time to make major purchases is simply borrowing from the taxpayers, so it does not reduce borrowing at all.
Carey Schierloh July 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Bruce, then you disagree with fiscal policies.
Carey Schierloh July 09, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Really Bruce, are you trying to be funny? You know quite well the Owner/Operator contract was not renewed.
Carey Schierloh July 09, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Oops....was suppose to say--the fiscal policies.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com July 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Carey, maybe I'm misinformed but i thought you were a co-owner of MTM, which has a transportation contract with Newtown schools. if I'm wrong I sincerely apologize, .
Sawyer July 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I am off the "No" wagon, voting Yes on Thursday! Eight thousand dollars to run the polls each referendum, times five. Enough!
Carey Schierloh July 10, 2012 at 01:16 AM
No Bruce, I am not now, nor have I ever been a co-owner of MTM. MTM is owned by Michele voight, Tom adams, Maria adams, who were also Owner/Operators. I am, as I stated above, now unemployed.
Alex Tytler July 10, 2012 at 09:41 AM
$40,000 in polls to save millions in waste. totally worth the cost.
jms63 July 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM
NO, NO and NO again. Now they can cut something else from the town budget to make up for the costs of all the referendums due to the arraogance and stupidity of the committee who choose to ignore the will of the voters.
Alex Tytler July 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Oh by the way, remind me how it costs $8,000? Would we fire all the town employees who work on the balloting if they weren't doing that? It occupies them so they don't have time to think about new ways to waste money.
Sawyer July 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Alex Tytler, you appear to be a high energy fellow, perhaps some of that energy could be put to good use. Spend a day with a Veteran at any VA Hospital!
DaveD July 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Sawyer, are you delusional...? you are no longer going to vote NO because we are “wasting” too much money…. That’s one of the craziest things I have ever heard… The TOWN is wasting this money… so your saying the town should get away with this because we the people are giving up! Did everyone see that article about Hawley and how it needs $12 million of capital improvements… does everyone see what “they” just did… seems like perfect timing to announce this and scare everyone just 2 days before the revolution… they are trying to play to the parents that the schools aren’t safe so we “better” vote yes so we don’t lose any more money so we can pay for this… I am not well versed in the school closing issue but if I’m not mistaken the “smart ones” want to close the NEWEST SCHOOL and keep the OLDEST ones that cost the most money… HELLO! Wake up, why not close the old expensive one and keep the new one… Really people come on… enough is enough How do we start the process to impeach the BOS
Rodney Munos July 11, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Just think about if the budget passes on Thursday, the town wins, they always get what they want, increase in the budget by half a percent or so to ridiculous 106 million, crazy 2 million every week. The other people who vote no last 4 times, are completely ignored, Be warned, double dip recession is here and it will be worse then 08, why would you spend more money running the town if you don't have to? Why ?Can anyone explain to me why you need to spend more then 2 million a week? This is ABSURD. I think the town leadership needs to change, this is a perfect time to do it, smaller government, less services, less waste ! Let's face the facts here, you know that they will want more money again next year !
Sam Mihailoff July 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I had supported the budget until I saw the "ball field" at the intersection of Oakview and Wasserman and scratched my bald head How many ball fields do we need might be an initial question. How much use "year-round" for the cost of maintenance might be another. Beyond that, what was really so horrible with that Oakview field anyway; oh yes it sloped slightly, giving the soccer stars a false sense of accomplishment or lack thereof . It has been out of commission how many years now with its mountains of dirt??? I saw a fleet of trucks “PARKED” there again the other day. How much to the damn penny has been spent on this Sacred Cow....and I’m expected to be a good little Newtowner and support the budget....maybe no longer; after all it’s only one vote!!! If we vote "YES" can we get 10 yards of soil delivered from the "Soccer Mountain?"
Obi-wan July 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM
news flash
onceuponanewtown July 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM
I wonder what day this was done? I saw 6 dump trucks cruising up Mile Hill Road and thought it was odd (on Sunday?).
Sam Mihailoff July 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM
oh it's been there quite a while...grass (weeds) on it I want to know the costs to date...it's gonna be a doooozie, not counting the 50K spent on the tiny little USED bulldozer


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