New Fairfield residents have approved a budget for the coming fiscal year. The $10.9 million town budget passed by a vote of 648 to 244, and the $40.9 million school budget passed by a vote of 640 to 254.
While there is no increase in spending, First Selectman Susan Chapman says taxes will be going up slightly because of projected cuts in state aid. She says it's not even a status quo budget, because they had to take out a lot of money for road repair. Chapman says New Fairfield has a good road repair program, and she would hate to see it fall behind.
Chapman says they will get through this year, but won't be able to maintain this kind of budget going forward
Town officials did not take into account Governor Malloy's proposal to move a third of teacher pension costs off onto municipalities. They did plan for covering 100-percent of the resident state trooper costs among other changes proposed by the state.