Finance board advances $60.7 million Ellington budget

ELLINGTON — Voters will decide whether to approve a $60,738,684 Ellington budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year in a May 28 referendum.

The Board of Finance voted April 16 to approve the proposed budget. The proposal includes $16,102,835 for general government, $2,727,603 for redemption of debt, $200,000 for the contingency fund, $39,576,224 for the Board of Education and $2,132,022 for the capital nonrecurring fund.

First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said the mill rate, which would be set at 32.6, would be a 0.9 percent increase. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. A homeowner with a property assessed at $150,000 would pay $4,890 in taxes.

Spielman said the selectmen tried to keep the budget as low as possible. “We had some grants that will help us,” Spielman said.

The Annual Town Meeting has been set for 8 p.m. May 14 at Ellington High School. In addition to voting to adjourn the town meeting to a referendum vote on the budget, voters will also be asked to approve a five-year road reconstruction and repair plan, to accept $3,146,158 in prepaid grands funds fully reimbursable for the Board of Education, to determine that town taxes will be paid in two installments for real estate and personal property taxes over $600 and motor vehicle taxes in one installment and to waive any taxes due under $5, and to enter into a five-year lease for an Ellington Volunteer Fire Department forestry unit with a multipurpose Class A pumper at a cost not to exceed $400,000.

The budget referendum will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28.

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