Proposed budget up 5 percent

Tuesday, May 20
CLARKSBURG — Voters will be asked to approve a budget increase of about 5 percent at the town meeting tomorrow, which will result in a tax rate increase of 2.6 percent, to $9.62 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

According to Town Administrator Michael Canales, the proposed $3.4 million budget includes a $42,881 increase in town spending and a $93,000, or 4 percent, increase in the school budget.

"A lot of the biggest increases are because of the price of fuel oil," he said. The cost of heating town buildings and keeping the town trucks running is rising along with the cost of diesel.

The budget for snow removal alone is proposed for a $4,000 boost. The cost of snow removal this past winter ran $21,000 higher than the $46,000 the town had budgeted.

"But we had a really bad winter," Canales said. "Next year could be different."

The spending for Clarksburg Elementary and Drury High School is proposed at $2.3 million, with another $155,630 for McCann Vocational Technical High School, he noted.

Article 5 of the town warrant sets a consistent scale for board and commission members' stipends paid for attending meetings at $30, putting everyone on an equal pay for meetings.

Canales said the increase resulting from article five results in a "very small" budget increase.

The warrant also includes proposals to withdraw $32,000 from the free cash account to reduce the proposed tax rate and improve the entry way to the athletic fields, a cost of about $2,000.

Proposed debt payments are set to increase by more than $3,000.


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