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Residents to Vote on 1.57% Proposed Budget Increase for 2017-18

WOODBURY – Residents will head to the polls May 23 to vote on a 1.57% proposed budget increase for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The proposed budget for 2017-18 is $10,158,137, which is $156,769 more than the approved 2016-17 budget of $10,001,368.

But the proposed budget also includes a bit of belt-tightening: Cuts to the state budget means the Town of Woodbury will receive $695,505 less in state mandates and aid.

The state will reimburse Woodbury $854,259 for Special Education funding. But the town will be asked to pick up the tab on teachers’ pensions. That will cost Woodbury an additional $1,048,371.

The town will also lose $608,236 from the state’s education cost sharing grant. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget would also relieve the state from funding the cost of the Connecticut State Police Resident Trooper Program reimbursement. That will cost Woodbury an additional $82,019.

Currently, towns like Woodbury are responsible for 85% of resident those costs, with the state covering the remainder. Woodbury has two resident state troopers.

Other increases on the proposed budget include $51,038 for a pension contribution increase for town employees,  $30,797 for contractual increases in police pay and $15,228 for workmen’s compensation increases to support payroll increases. There is also a $42,000 capital expense for work on the driveway to the Woodbury Senior Center.

A reorganization and elimination of a position at the Library will save the town $56,006 in the proposed budget. The Library will add a clerical position at $34,609, and will request $27,000 less in maintenance fees.

The Town of Woodbury has kept its spending in check this year. The estimated 2016-17 budget performance is estimated to be $9,882,717, down 1.19% from the approved 2016-17 municipal budget.

If the proposed budget is approved, the estimated mill rate will be 27.23, a 3.6% increase from the previous year.

To read the entire proposed budget for the Town of Woodbury, click here.

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