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Southbury Votes on 3.61 Percent Spending Increase Wednesday

Voters are being asked to approve a 1.1 percent increase in the town budget and a 4.77 percent increase on the school side.

Southbury’s registered voters and property owners are called to vote on the 2014-15 budget proposal Wednesday, May 7, with balloting taking place at the Firehouse on Main Street South from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The proposed budget includes just over $2.2 million in increased spending for both municipal operations and education, an increase of 3.61 percent over the current fiscal year.

The Region 15 education budget, proposed by the Board of Education on April 7, makes up the bulk of the increase, with an additional $2,006,764 allocated to the school system (a 4.77 percent increase).

If approved Wednesday, the municipal budget would increase by 1.1 percent by $212,397, from $19,334,880 in 2013-14 to $19,547,277 under the Board of Finance proposal for 2014-15.

The budget also includes a 5.8 percent increase in collection on property taxes, rising by over $3 million from $54,026,068 to $57,140,207.

Download a copy of the 2014-15 budget proposal above, as well as a sample ballot.
Ted Brown May 06, 2014 at 08:01 PM
The word - from sources in the know - is that Southbury property owners will see a 6% increase in the mil rate if this budget is passed. I wish my take home pay was going up by 6% - but its not. It's tough to swallow as the school enrollment has actually declined by quite a few students. I could perhaps go along with a small tax increase - but 6% seems out of line in view of how our local and state economies are doing. Just more reasons to leave CT. Taxes and the cost of living are just brutal - with no signs of a letup.
TomR May 07, 2014 at 06:59 AM
The taxes on my house went up 18% last year, another 6% this year? This is nearly unbearable. The Democrats are going to drive everyone out of this town and this state!

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