A $237,700,000 budget is being proposed by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton for the coming fiscal year. The proposal is a tax increase of just over 2%. Boughton says spending up 6% from last year, but if it wasn't for the increase to the schools the mill rate could have been reduced. Part of the increase is due to higher enrollment and more costs to accommodate more students.
The municipal side of the budget is heavy on infrastructure projects. Roads, bridges and school roof improvements top the list. Boughton says the last few winters have taken a toll on Danbury's infrastructure. It's about 30 million dollars in work that will be done around the City this summer and fall.
There are two new initiatives. They will take place with the start of the new fiscal year. The 311 info line is going to become a 24/7 operation. Starting on July 1st, residents will get a live operator on the phone at all times to discuss a concern, a pothole or something that needs to be fixed.
The other initiative is a pilot program with Savings Bank of Danbury. Residents will be able to go to any of the 5 branches in the City as of July 1st to pay their property taxes with a teller. Boughton says this will take some of the pressure off City Hall, but also allows Danbury to offer services to residents 6 days a week.
$3 million dollars in bonding is also being proposed. $1.7 million of that will go to road and drainage improvements throughout Danbury. The balance is for other projects that should last the City 20 years.