A status quo spending package has been proposed in Danbury for the coming fiscal year. Mayor Mark Boughton presented the package to the City Council last night. Spending is up about 2-percent to cover contractual obligations for salaries and wages. Boughton says the plan was crafted in a way that keeps taxes low, the increase is about 1-percent. There are no layoffs planned and there will not be a cut in services. But he noted, there will be no new services added.
Boughton says the tax increase will amount to about $60 more a year for the average homeowner. He called it an austere budget.
The spending plan totals $244.1 million, an increase of $6.4 million, or 2.69 percent in general fund spending. The education budget was increased by $2.2 million over the current fiscal year, to $126 million. That's an approximate 2.5-percent increase in education spending.
When it comes to municipal aide from the state, Boughton says this budget took into account possible cuts. He says the City is preparing for what they feel is coming from the state in order to provide enough of a buffer to weather some of the rough economic waters expected from the state. Connecticut is facing a nearly $1 billion deficit next fiscal year.