Proposed town budget seeks 2.85% increase to $137.9 million

ENFIELD —  Town Manager Christopher Bromson is seeking a $137,939,029 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Bromson presented his budget proposal at an April 15 Town Council meeting.

The proposed budget, which includes $66,308,755 for the town and $71,630,274 for the Board of Education, would be an increase of 2.85 percent. Bromson said the overall budget is 51.9 percent on the school budget side and 48.1 percent on the town side. The school budget would be an increase of 0.48 percent. The town budget would be an increase of 5.5 percent.

According to the meeting minutes, Bromson said last year was a difficult one financially, and the town left $4 million in the school budget. However, he said, draconian cuts were made on the town side, and this budget proposal tries to restore some parity to the town budget.

In particular, Bromson said the Police Department had been cut from 95 sworn officers to 88 officers, which he said is not sustainable. He is including $1,212,220 to keep the staff level at 95 officers. He also said EMS was cut to an unsustainable level, cutting two EMTs and two paramedics.

The town manager’s budget proposal would raise the tax rate one mill, bringing it to 34.4 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Under the proposed budget, a homeowner whose property is assessed at $100,000 would pay $3,440 in taxes.

A community conversation on the budget was scheduled for April 24. The council is scheduled to adopt a budget in May.

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