South Windsor Town Council to Discuss Budget, Town Manager, Clerk's Salary

Regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight.

The South Windsor Town Council has relatively few items on its agenda for tonight’s meeting, but the issues scheduled to be addressed will have a significant impact on the town’s finances.

During its work session, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., there will be a discussion of the budgets of the town’s boards and commissions, town manager, and town council.

In his report to the council, Town Manager Matthew Galligan did not provide an amount of the town’s budget, but said that, when combined with the Board of Education and taking revaluation into consideration, the overall budget would result in a 5.4 percent increase in real property taxes.

The estimated tax increase does not include any capital improvements, according to Galligan.

Town Councilor Jan Snyder “has been working very hard with Staff to come up with a Capital Plan that will get us back on track for the next few years,” Galligan wrote. “We will have to discuss this in more depth, and I will go over the issues that are driving the increase in this particular budget. I think we should have this discussion now so that the Council is well aware of what we will be looking at when March and April arrive.”

In other business, the council will discuss the following

  • The Snow Angels program;
  • A resolution approving an annual salary for Galligan for fiscal year 2012-13;
  • A resolution approving an annual salary for Deborah W. Reid, clerk of the council for fiscal year 2012-13;
  • A resolution authorizing the sale or disposal of surplus vehicles.

In addition, the council is expected to approve several appointees. Among them is Matthew Riley, who is expected to replace Richard Mabey on the Board of Education.

As is customary, the Town Council will not act on the appointment until its next meeting later in February.

kev February 04, 2013 at 11:14 AM
wow, a 5.4% increase and every department in town except the board of ed is held to a 0% increase. how does that happen? Is it just because the first payment for the sewer treatment plant is coming up?
John Dawson February 04, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Malloy is spending hundreds of millions. during tough economic times, to invest and attract people and businesses to the State. Thomis-No Promise:has brought zero capital investments to the Town-with services going down and taxes up! Time for a new direction.
Cary Prague February 04, 2013 at 12:31 PM
The proposed superintendents BOE budget is up 3.97%. Where did you get 0???The 5.4% town budget includes a 0% for town departments. Some unions get raises this year and health care costss are still an unknown. There is a sewer payment due that accounts for the increase. Once again an unfunded state mandate that we have to put up a deposit to get the loan from the clean water fund.
Pam Petersen February 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM
A 5.4% increase....again taxes keep going up! How about having Public Works employees work a split shift - half the dept work M-F and the other half work T- S to cut down on the overtime? Still a 5 day work week but town is getting 6 days of work for the same price. Or, how about having the Ambulance start paying rent on the brand new building and/or start paying for their own insurance and gas costs?? Minimal savings but hey, every little bit helps in the long run!
kev February 05, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Mr, prague, did you see the word "except" before the words Board of Education. Let me say it again. "Every department in town EXCEPT the board of ed is held to a 0% increase. Apology accepted.


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