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Town Plans Budget Workshops

Residents will have the opportunity to give feedback regarding the creation of the town's budget.

It's budget season in Windsor.

Accordingly, town officials and staff will spend the next two months pouring over town expenditures, revenues and the like in an effort to draft a financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The process won't be undertaken without the participation of residents, as the town has scheduled three budget workshops.

The workshops are "informal and interactive gatherings" aimed at giving residents the opportunity to learn about budget creation and give feedback about expenditures in town.

Residents will ultimately vote in the town's annual budget referendum to approve or reject the town council's budget, which, if approved on schedule, will go into effect on July 1.

The largest expenditure in the budget — education funding — has begun to take shape, as Interim Superintendent Craig Cooke recently submitted his funding proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, representing an overall increase of just under 3 percent.

Scheduled budget workshops will occur on the following dates:

  • Jan. 30, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Feb. 20, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • March 31, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
All workshops will be held at town hall. For more information, call 860-285-1835.
Paul C January 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Are you kidding just under 3% ! for what? The schools that are at the bottom of state rating system? Why don't you ask Amazon to fund the increase. Oh thats right you gave them a tax abatement so others can pay Amazon's share, Same for Walgreen's The Hartford and Dollar Tree. Now the homeowners can pay more.
Paul C January 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Unless this TC has a plan to lower average home taxes get ready to vote no several times like last year to stop this nonsense The town of Windsor has become "Warehouse Point" Best use of Windsor Center would be a truck stop with a town tax on diesel fuel. Magnet schools for conveyor training and truck driving to fill positions at all these ugly warehouses.
Agent 86 January 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Given the property reval, and now the increase in the BOE budget, can we then expect a tax increase too? Also are there less students (I know there is a forecasted decline) so why the need for more money?
Henry G January 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Enrollment is down once again. I'm hearing certain administrators have already been on notice that their jobs will be either eliminated .... and they'll be "demoted" in the near future. No reason to be having a tax increase here!
Albert Williams January 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM
finally some life around here!! oh and count me in for a Vote No on increased spending...I mean taxes!!
Agent 86 January 29, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Will be interesting how the [new] Reps do. I know they are in minority on TC but they rule the BOE. Let's hold them to the pre-election rhetoric.
Agent 86 January 31, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Apparently Santos is ok with the 2.8% increase. Maybe its time to make parents pay magnet school tuition (save the town some money). Parents of private school children have to. http://www.courant.com/community/windsor/hc-windsor-school-budget-0115-20140114,0,7848082.story

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