Referendum to decide fate of $41.3 million town budget

EAST WINDSOR —  Residents will vote on a proposed $41,303,202 town budget in the May 14 referendum. The proposed budget would be a 4.84 percent or $1,906,244 increase over the current spending plan. First Selectman Robert Maynard said he thinks the proposal is a good budget.

The town budget includes $14,433,495 for the town, an increase of $484,233 or 3.47 percent; $981,603 for capital improvements, an increase of $3,935 or 0.4 percent; $988,103 for debt service, a decrease of $31,925 or 3.13 percent; and $24,900,00 for the Board of Education, an increase of $1,450,000 or 6.18 percent. The mill rate would be set at 35.41, an increase of 1.51 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

Under the proposed budget, a home assessed at $100,000 would bring a property tax bill of $3,541.

Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 14. If the budget fails, a second budget referendum will be set for May 28 and if necessary a third budget referendum on June 11.

If a budget is not passed by a third referendum, under the town charter a budget would be automatically set with a 2 percent increase over the previous year’s spending plan.

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