Griswold Budget Meeting Postponement Proposed
This article was published on: 04/19/16 8:12 PM by Curt
Governor Malloy’s proposed budget is wreaking havoc on Griswold’s town budget. The town ordinance requires Griswold to hold a town meeting the first week of May, but with the uncertainty in the state budget, town officials say they won’t have accurate numbers in enough time to submit a budget for a public vote. Town officials are looking to amend the town ordinance concerning the date the town meeting must be held, in order to wait for accurate numbers to be submitted from the State of Connecticut. If Governor Malloy’s proposed budget which includes a $245 million sales tax sharing plan with cities and towns is approved, Griswold could lose $293,000 in sales tax revenue and a property tax increase of 1.05 mills. Griswold’s combined general government and education budget proposals for 2016-17 are $33,476,246, which reflects a 0.45 mill tax increase. According to the town ordinance, Griswold’s town meeting should take place on May 2. The state legislature has until May 4 to pass the state budget. The Board of Selectmen propose adding a stipulation that would allow the Board of Finance to move the town meeting to later date due to extenuating circumstances. By delaying the town meeting, town officials will be able to present a budget based on official numbers from the state, rather than being forced to make a lot of cuts to their proposed budget to avoid a mill rate tax increase if Malloy’s proposed budget is passed, or having to send out supplemental tax bills.