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Danbury Proposes a $4.1 Million Increase to Budget

Danbury began its month-long budget process Tuesday, with a 1.9 percent increase proposal.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton proposed a budget for 2012-2013 of $220,100,000 Tuesday, an increase of $4.1 million over this year's adopted budget of $215,919,397.

Boughton said the tax increase will be about .76 mills, pushing the city's tax rate to 22.45. His presentation to the Tuesday begin's the city's one month budget review process.

Starting next week, four city council committees will begin reviewing the budget. After completing its review, the council will approve the budget in its May meeting.

Boughton said certain assumptions in the budget are based state aid estimates. If state aid is cut, city government expenses must be cut.

"We will not raise taxes," Boughton said.

Gladys Cooper, chairman of the , attended the City Council meeting with other members of the Board of Education, and left the meeting saying the board was going to discuss the budget.

"It's bad," Cooper said.

Boughton said he had been working with the Board of Education and education administrators over the last three months, and this budget isn't a surprise. He said that while the city is eliminating the funding for 29 positions in city government, he said he didn't think the Board of Education would have to eliminate staff.

Boughton said the city is giving the Board of Education an additional $1.5 million this year, and the state is expected to give an additional $2 million in Educational Cost Sharing grants, which equals $3.5 million in additional funding for Danbury schools.

The final figures will be revealed in May, once the budget is approved.

so1 April 04, 2012 at 11:06 AM
I am confused. The Newstimes reported last night said Danbury tax payers would see a 3.5% increase, and only 900,000 would be going to the BOE in Boughton's proposed budget. Why is this information so different from what was on line last night. Where did the "We will not raise taxes" comment come from"? 3.5 % sounds like a raise to me.
Mark Langlois (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 12:03 PM
The We will not raise taxes meant if the state cuts its contribution to the city, the city won't go to the voters (more taxes). I see why that is confusing. What he meant was what this budget costs now (the extra taxes in it now) is as high as he's willing to go. That was my bad writing.
bordwithbs April 04, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Oh, Mark (both of you!) Read My lips, no news, texas!
Blue16 April 04, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The city is eliminating the funding for 29 positions and leaving numerous others un filled. The mayor has proposed raises taxes again, this year by 3.5%. The Mayor and City Council also raised local taxes in last year's budget. We are paying more money and receiving fewer services in return. I remember many GOP members of the council running as fiscal conservatives during the last election. This budget is tough; it rises government spending and increases taxes. It will be interesting if the GOP council votes on party lines and goes against their campaign platforms or if they will stand up against some of the budget proposals......
George April 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I love budget time, it's when complainers, whiners and no-good-for-nothing's come out in droves to criticize and complain about everything. It's when the minority political party likes to take pop-shots at the mayor. When people hide behind their computers and spew trash and non-sense. The room gets very noisy around budget time. So why is it around election time, no one wants to run for office? No one wants to step up and be recognized for taking responsibility for what happens in our city? No one wants to BE responsible for how our tax dollars are allocated? And yet, everyone will hide behind their computers and criticize..... In 2 years, I am 100% certain we will see requests in the News Times once again begging for people to run for office on the Democratic ticket. Grow up, a 3.5% tax increase is a damn good job by the mayor considering the demands of our city. And lets not forget, those who demand the most, are paying the least into the system. But by all means, keep complaining....cause that's obviously helping
PB203 April 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Here is the math: $4.1M/$215.9M = 1.9% budget increase 0.76 / 21.69 = 3.5% tax increase I guess that means other incomes are expected to go down, although it might also mean that the mayor is trying to build a reserve?
Dave Bonan April 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Pop shots are needed, George. People in public office should expect this all the time from their dedicated citizenry.

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