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Wilton School Board, Selectmen Budgets Get Cut

The Wilton Board of Finance voted to trim the Selectmen's and school board budgets down by a total of $375,000.

The Board of Finance (BoF) voted to cut both the Board of Selectmen’s (BoS) and the Board of Education’s (BoE) budget for a total of approx $375,000, drawing down Wilton’s 2013 mill rate increase to .995 percent.

Selectmen Cuts

The BoF voted to cut $195,000 from the selectmen’s of $717,000 over last year. This places the 2013 selectmen budget at an increase of $522,000. The vote passed with a 5-1 margin, with BoF member Lynne Vanderslice opposing.

BoE Cuts

The BoF voted for a $180,000 cut to the Board of Education’s proposed budget.

BoF member Al Alper said that the taxpayer should expect a tax decrease after last year where, “for lack of a better phrase” they were “overtaxed”

Vanderslice said that “the increases are unsustainable” for both budgets, noting that budget projections for 2014 and 2015 were not available and that there was no indication that decreases would occur.

The BoE and selectmen’s budget combined would increase Wilton’s mill rate by .995 percent, and is on target with the BoF’s budget goals.

The two boards must now revaluate their budgets and come back to the BoF with a number that coincides with these decreases. 

Eustace Tilley April 05, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Brennan and the BOS buried the $600,000 paving expense (since transferred to a capital item) and gets away with it thanks to the 5 BOF members who voted to approve this shell game. The result? He gets to spend the $600,000 AND the $522,000 or roughly 3% more than last year and twice the 1.75% BOF guidance....what we have here is a scam...pure and simple...do you think he'll have the chutzpah to tell us its so tough to manage?! Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as "gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to." In this sense, chutzpah expresses both strong disapproval and condemnation.
Sally April 05, 2012 at 12:07 PM
It is about time that the Board realizes that the taxes in Wilton are much higher than our surroundig towns. Houses may be more expensive but taxes are much lower. I sell real estate in this town and I have lost many clients to other towns because of our taxes. Wilton seems to think that people will live here for the schools....Westport, Weston and New Canaan schools are just as good! Last year New Canaan sent out a refund check to their homeowners! We will never see that here...all they do is go up, up, up....STOP!
Eustace Tilley April 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Sally, and others: The BOF says they don't get letters from residents and won't consider Patch items in their "deliberations." So its important to send your comments directly to them boardoffinance@wiltonct.org I would have thought they would consider all available metrics in their recommendatons but they don't.
Stuart April 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Based on the above comments alongside spendthrift dreams of new buildings, $1M+ fiber optics, failure to attend teacher contract negotiations, and past contractor abuses to name only a few, Wilton requires a new management equation. Adding ETP and Sally's math, we need to hire a professional Town Manager - placing this and future First Selectmen on an unpaid status comparable to fellow Selectman. This is a small town...BOE has 70% of spending responsibility and Police/Fire Chiefs are outstanding managers. A professional Town Manager will attend to wasteful spending and bring down taxes, not management by slush-fund.
Amo Probus April 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The BOF, BOE, BOS and Barack Obama are asking Americans to gamble that the U.S. economy can be taxed into prosperity. ...Mr. Obama needs a refresher course on the 1920s, 1960s, 1980s and even the 1990s, when government spending and taxes fell and employment and incomes grew rapidly. But if the president wants to see fresher evidence of how taxes matter, he can look to what's happening in the 50 states. In our new report "Rich States, Poor States," prepared for the American Legislative Exchange Council, we compare the economic performance of states with no income tax to that of states with high rates. It's like comparing Hong Kong with Greece... Every year for the past 40, the states without income taxes had faster output growth (measured on a decade basis) than the states with the highest income taxes. In 1980, for example, there were 10 zero-income-tax states. Over the decade leading up to 1980, those states grew 32.3 percentage points faster than the 10 states with the highest tax rates. Job growth was also much higher in the zero-tax states. The states with the nine highest income tax rates had no net job growth at all, and seven of those nine managed to lose jobs. end quote from the Liberator

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