Council OKs $137 million Enfield budget with 34.23 mill rate

The tax rate will be 34.23 under the Enfield budget the Town Council voted to adopt at a May 20 special meeting.

The council voted to cut $888,048 from the $137,939,029 for the 2019-20 fiscal year that Town Manager Christopher Bromson had sought, bringing the adopted budget to $137,050,981.

The budget includes $65,760,86 for the town and $71,290,125 for the Board of Education.

The 34.23 mill rate means that a homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000 will pay $3,423 in taxes.

The overall budget is an increase of $2,597,274 or 1.93%. Bromson’s budget proposal would have brought a 2.85% increase.

When he presented his Enfield budget, Bromson told the council  last year was a difficult one financially, and the town left $4 million in the school budget.

He said, draconian cuts were made on the town side, and this budget proposal tried 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. 

The town manager also said that EMS has been cut to an unsustainable level, cutting two EMTs and two paramedics.

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