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Public hearing in Danbury tonight about budget proposal

There is a public hearing tonight in Danbury.  Residents are being called on to attend and voice their thoughts on the proposed budget and sewer and water rates.  The $244 million budget proposal for the coming fiscal year is asking for a slightly larger contribution from taxpayers.  The 1-percent tax increase will amount to about $60 more a year for the average homeowner. 


Danbury Finance Director David St. Hilaire says the largest increase is due to health care costs.


Three years ago, Danbury moved from a fully-insured to a self-insured basis.  Being self-insured should help the City minimize the potentially large spikes in annual health care premium renewals.  Officials say that has resulted in some significant savings.


St. Hilaire says the City won't have swings in premiums, and the last few years have seen minimal increases needed. 


The public hearing is at 7pm at City Hall.

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