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Budget hearing tonight in Danbury

There is a public hearing tonight in Danbury on the Mayor's proposed budget.  Residents are being urged to attend the 7pm hearing at City Hall to discuss the budget and $3-million in proposed bonding. 


Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has proposed a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes a $7.5 million spending increase, or 3.3 percent. Much of the increase is due to health insurance costs.   As of now, the proposed budget would not increase property taxes on 60-percent of residents.  There is however a 19-percent hike in the mill rate because of the state-mandated reval.


City Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi says he hopes residents will attend the public hearing to voice their concerns or support for various proposals.


The budget plan includes $2.2 million for road repairs, funding for Still River dredging and patrol cars.  25 of the 56 vacant positions in city government will go unfilled to save $2-million in spending.  Boughton is keeping a tax freeze in place for eligible seniors.


The sewer and water rates are not slated to increase.


The Education system will be getting an additional $3.1 million. That funding must be used, in part, to pay for school security measures and mental health care.  All-day kindergarten, which was started in many elementary schools in the City, will be expanded to King Street Primary, Ellesworth Avenue and South Street Schools.

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