A Special Town Meeting has been held in Brookfield to give residents an overview of the capital improvements projects proposed for the coming fiscal year. During the meeting Wednesday night, the budget referendum date was set for May 19th.
First Selectman Bill Tinsley says there's $6.7 million for deferred and long overdue maintenance. The items will be broken down into three questions for the budget ballot.
Almost 20 different maintenance and repair projects are planned for Brookfield High School and Whisconier Middle School representing $2.6 million in proposed spending. There's also about $2 million for an emergency Flood Drainage Diversion project. $2.1 million for improvements at Town Hall, the Library and to the roads is being proposed.
The overall proposed budget is about $61 million with no planned tax increase. The proposed budget represents a year-vs-year spending increase of 1.29%. The Board of Finance says that's off-set by income growth in the grand list of taxable property, and from a growth in fees associated with robust construction activity.
The Municipal budget is pegged at $21,659,688, with an Education budget of $39,522,766.
The Board of Finance will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 7th, 7pm, in room 133, Town Hall about the budget proposals.