Archive for June 1st, 2010

June 1st, 2010

Budget Passes Town Council

by LonSeidman

In one of the fastest budget sessions in recent years, the Wolcott Town Council passed the 2010-2011 annual fiscal budget. By all accounts, the Council held a productive two hour workshop last week which led to tonight’s conclusion. “Everyone worked really well together. Everyone reached a common goal that no one wanted to raise taxes. All 9 Council members had input and asked questions and gave suggestions. The result is a no mill increase through everyone’s hard work,” said Council Chairman Mike Santogatta.

“No party was in it for themselves and everyone was working for the towns people. I am very proud to have been part of it,” said First District Councilman Mike Bokon of the effort. “Me too” echoed Santogatta.

The net effect of the effort was a budget with a .01 mill decrease after the Council slashed the office supply budgets of many departments to the tune of $107,935.00 at their workshop last week. Also slashed was $50,000 in medical insurance, $35,393 in Registrars of Voters wages, $10,000 in police overtime, $13,000 in library repairs and $5,000 in library book purchases. The Mayor recommended an additional $54,227 in expenditures and $70,000 in revenue recommendations to further balance the budget. His cuts affected a variety of areas concentrating on public notices, a computer, parks improvements, conference and training dues, gasoline, fuel and other utilities. “Alot of thought went into all aspects of this,” says Municipal Finance Officer Linda Bruce. The budget passed 8-1. The various cuts likely will force departments to share more resources or come up with creative ways to do without. There was no dissent during the discussion in adopting the budget Tuesday night except for the subject of collecting back taxes.

The Council set high goals on the Tax Collector’s office.

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June 1st, 2010

Council to Set Tax Rate Tonight

by LonSeidman

After two months of hearings, the Town Council is expected to approve the 2010-2011 annual budget tonight at its 7:30 meeting. Yet to be decided is whether or not the tax rate will go up slightly or if portions of the proposed municipal and education budget will be cut to avoid such an increase. A 0.25 mill increase may be possible unless the Council finds $170,000 to cut within the municipal and Board of Education budgets.

According to last week’s Republican-American article, Councilmen were looking at trimming the municipal side of the budget by $170,000. This would affect cuts to the library, medical costs for town employees, maintainance to public works vehicles and other items. Town officials contacted today expect that the mill rate will likely remain the same and the cuts will be made. Where the final cuts are made are yet to be seen tonight, however.

On the chopping block

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