Sandisfield voters to weigh budget that features 6.6 percent spending cut
SANDISFIELD — Voters at Saturday's annual town meeting will face a vote on an overall budget of $3,446,630, which represents a decrease of $245,536 over this year, or about 6.6 percent.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Fire Station No. 2, 207 Cook Road (Route 57).
The town is only using $50,000 in free cash to reduce the tax rate, or about $101,000 less than usual.
The vast majority of the individual town budgets for fiscal 2017 are either level-funded or saw a decrease in their line item appropriations.
The major reason for the decline is that the town has no major capital projects this year,
"We have no major construction projects, no large equipment purchases," said Town Clerk Dolores Harasyko, explaining the steep budget decline. "Our last construction payment to the Farmington River Regional school District was last year."
The biggest jump is in the town's overall school budget, up about $51,000 to $1.476,676, an increase of 3.6 percent. The general government account is also up slightly, by about $43,000 to $307,659, or about 1.6 percent.
The entire budget, as well as the annul town meeting warrant, is at the town's website, www.sandisfield.com.