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Proposed town budget goes to the voters Wednesday
Litchfield.bz (05-09-17)


Litchfield residents will vote on a proposed town budget of $31,153,449 for 2017-18 during a town meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the intermediate school.
 
The spending plan shows an increase of $785,589, or 2.6 percent, over the current budget of $30,367,860. The projected tax rate under the proposal is 27.6 mills, an increase of nine-tenths of 1 mill over the current rate of 26.7 mills.
 
The projected mill rate increase is subject to change, however, depending on how much state aid the town loses. The proposed budget projects a loss of $550,000, but that figure could rise as the legislature tries to wiggle its way out of a perpetual budget crisis.
 
The proposed budget includes the Board of Education’s proposed budget of $17,738,820, the Board of Selectmen’s proposed budget of $9,346,964, debt payment of $3,667,255, and capital project spending of $90,000.
 
The proposed education budget is $398,820, or 2.3 percent, higher than the current budget of $17,340,000.
Selectmen are proposing a far leaner budget as they are seeking an increase of $76,000, or 0.8 percent, over their current budget of $9,270,964.  
 
Voters will also consider a proposed ordinance banning the use and storage of fracking waste in town.