Download a full version of the budget above and use the database for a visual breakdown by department.
The proposed budget represents a 1.1 percent increase in spending. When combined with the Region 15 education budget (which has an increase in spending of 4.77 percent), property taxes would increase by approximately 5.8 percent year-over-year, if approved.
First Selectman Edelson's Letter
The Board of Finance approved a municipal operating budget for the Town of Southbury at their meeting on Wednesday, April 9. The final figure of $19,547,277 will be voted upon by the taxpayers on Tuesday, May 7 at the Central Fire House at 461 Main Street South. The Municipal budget represents an increase of 1.1 percent or about $212,397.
In its final deliberations the Board of Finance used a multi-year analysis prepared by the Fiscal Office of past budget surpluses for every budget line to reduce the budget proposed by the Board of Selectmen by $97,249. The Board of Finance then added back to the Board of Selectman’s budget an additional $114,982 for a net increase of about 0.1 percent.
Some of the final changes included:
- Given the current high level of treated salt in inventory, new salt purchases were reduced by $40,000
- A new part-time position as a Human Resources manager was added pending review and approval of a job description by the Board of Selectmen
- Additional improvements of $16,500 for the Southbury Dog Pound, including creating a separate access to the pound that avoids going through the Public Works garage area and creating an outside fenced dog run
- Restoring full financing of the Town’s 20 year road maintenance program
- Fully financing the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition’s request
- Preparing an infrastructure needs study to enable better long range planning and budgeting
- An additional $75,198 in revenues from the State of Connecticut for various programs
Copies of the approved proposed municipal budget, including the expected revenues, will be available at the Town Clerk’s office and the First Selectman’s office on April 14. It will also be available on the town website at that time.
I want to thank all the members of the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen for their hard work in reviewing, analyzing and adopting this budget for the coming fiscal year. I encourage everyone to remember to vote on May 7.