New Milford residents are voting on a budget today.
A slight increase in spending is being proposed for the coming fiscal year. The plan calls for $103 million, about $1.4 million more than the current year. Municipal spending is pegged at $39 million. Health costs are lower, but New Milford will add a police officer and a civil engineer.
The school portion of the plan is $64-million. The overall budget represents a 1.35 percent increase over the current year. The tax rate would go up by about 2 percent.
Bass is restoring the town's contribution to the fire department’s capital fund, which was cut in half this year. New Milford will also allocate more for tree removal, chip sealing, and stormwater and drainage projects to address icing.