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Canton CAO Proposes 2013-2014 Budget With 3.83 Percent Increase

Board of Selectmen to hold budget workshops this week to begin looking at preliminary plan.

Canton Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner has a proposed a 2013-2014 budget with a 3.83 percent increase over the 2012-2013 plan. 

The budget proposal is $9,541,386, $352,007 more than the 2012-2013 budget of $9,189,379. 

While recent budgets have been kept very low and state funding is still a little uncertain, the town has staffing and maintenance needs that need addressing, Skinner said in his budget address. 

"I think it meets the town's needs while taking into consideration the difficult economic times we're still in," Skinner said. 

The board of selectmen's operations budget, essentially the town's day-to-days costs, is proposed at $8,611,886, a 3.45 percent increase over the current $8,324,629.

Driving factors, according to the budget are 

  • Insurance Benefits (77,024)
  • Creation of the new Fire/EMS Business Manager Position (42,510)
  • General Wage and Union Increases (91,500)
  • Increased maintenance expenses for office and recreational facilities (32,900).

The budget also includes a proposal for a senior center coordinator at 16 hours a week. 

Capital Improvements is proposed at $929,500, a 7.49 percent increase. Nearly half the spending there is proposed for roads ($450,000) and $356,000 is set aside to go toward Department of Public Works and Emergency Vehicle replacement plans. 

The preliminary plan does not include Board of Education spending or debt service. 

Selectmen held a workshop Monday and will continue those tonight and Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Community Center to begin reviewing the plan. See the entire proposal here.

The budget timeline can also be view at the town's web site. 

Patti February 11, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Is this increase because of the referendums we voted on in the fall or is this increase in addition to the referendums?
John Fitts (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Hi Patti, Those bonds have not yet been sold and that would also be reflected in the Board of Finance budget. Those projects won’t affect next year’s budget too much. It’s also a somewhat complicated picture because as the new debt comes on, other debt is paid off, etc. That’s not to say it would be even but I don’t have those numbers offhand. There was some analysis the town did before the referendum, which I posted with a story but I need to go back and find which one it was.
Canton Taxpayer February 11, 2013 at 09:26 PM
This is in addition to the increases we voted on in November 2012. Those were additional spending votes so we could borrow millions more. I can't wait to see what our new tax/mill rate is this year....
Betty February 13, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Last year it took East Granby 3 referendums to get an approved budget for fiscal 2012-2013. Referendum Number 1 asked for 3.3 percent tax increase. Referendum Number 2 asked for 1.85 percent tax increase. Referendum Number 3 asked for about a 1.1 percent tax increase. Our proposed 2013-2014 budget asks for a 3.83 percent increase. Yikes! See granby-east granby patch: http://granby-eastgranby.patch.com/articles/east-granby-voters-reject-budget-at-second-referendum
Wyatt February 13, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Betty, You are comparing two different things. The East Granby votes were about tax increases. This article is about a spending increase. Because of changes to the tax base, the two aren't the same.
Wyatt February 13, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I know what you mean - if this keeps up Canton may actually have good town services!
Betty February 13, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Wyatt, Thanks, for a minute there I thought my tax bill was going up!
Wyatt February 13, 2013 at 09:45 PM
@Betty. Well, it certainly may go up - but the 3.83% increase in this article isn't an increase in taxes.
Canton Taxpayer February 14, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Betty you can count on your taxes going up because of increased spending by the town as shown in the budget above as well as those millions in borrowed money. The only question is by how much. The Grand List only rose .44% so it won't be coming from new/costlier homes or new/costlier cars. If you look at the town website, there's a spreadsheet of exactly how our mill rates will increase dramatically due to the frivolous spending and borrowing of our town. Unlike regular people, the town doesn't need to budget within their means.....

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