Killingly Proposed $14.5 Million Budget
This article was published on: 03/31/16 8:56 PM by Curt
Killingly Town Manager Sean Hendricks released his $14.5 million general government budget proposal for 2016-17. The Board of Education has already released their $41.5 million spending plan. These combined budgets represent a 0.33 mill property tax rate decrease. The budgets will be discussed at 9 a.m. Saturday at Town Hall. A public hearing on both proposals has been set for April 14, with an Annual Town Meeting on May 2. Voting on the proposals is scheduled for May 10.
Town budget: The general government budget, which includes funding for town operations, solid waste subsidies, debt services and student transportation, is $336,853, or 2.28 percent, higher than this year. The budget includes $130,000 to train two individuals as certified constables, as well as for a police vehicle – part of a plan to decrease the town’s reliance on resident state troopers. The use of library endowments and proposed decreases in a contractual services account will enable the Killingly Public Library to reopen on Mondays with two more part-time staff members. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday now. The budget would add an assistant building inspector who would split time between building office and Small Cities grant project inspections. A full-time administrative assistant position at the public works department will be reduced to part-time.
Grand list: Despite increases in the general government and education budget proposals, the town manager’s budget translates to a 1.20 percent mill rate decrease, largely due to an increase in the grand list. The grand list, the sum of the tax value of all property in town, grew by $39 million to $1.1 billion, mainly because of an increase in the amount of taxable depreciable personal property, such as new machinery installed after business expansions. The Town Council has the option of using some of that tax windfall to fund capital projects, such as road work or building repairs. If that happens, the projected mill rate decrease would be less or non-existent.