The annual budget referendum in New Fairfield is tomorrow. Voters can cast ballots tomorrow from 10am to 8pm at New Fairfield Middle School. Absentee ballots are available for those who qualify until noon today. The budget is $55.2 million, a 3.11 percent mill rate increase over the current year.
First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says about 85% of the proposed tax increase is attributable to sum of the increases in debt service for the new schools and state and federally mandated Special Education expenditures. The remaining increases in the budget include modest hikes for contractual salaries, utilities, road paving, and costs associated with pandemic recovery in academics.
She notes that recent increases in the cost of fuel, contracted services and special education costs have already negatively impacted the budget approved by the Board of Finance. Del Monaco added that further cuts to either budget will result in further reductions in programs and services provided by both the Town and the schools.