New Fairfield residents are voting today on a budget proposal for next year with a .53 percent increase in the tax rate. First Selectman Susan Chapman says it represents nearly a 1 percent increase in spending over the current year. The municipal budget was increased about $376,000.
The biggest driver is the increase for state police from last year. The state shifted more of the cost for resident state troopers to the towns last year, after municipalities adopted their own budgets. Chapman says they've had to play catch up to cover those costs.
The $10.95 million town spending plan maintains road paving and capital projects. The school budget went up by $134,000, bringing the proposal to $41.49 million.
Residents can vote at Meeting House Hill School from 8 am to 8 pm.