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Wilton Voter's Guide 2013: Fast Facts

Here are the basics you need to know before voting on Wilton's 2013 budget (more related in-depth articles explaining the budget are located to the right).

 

Tomorrow is the next and last opportunity to vote on 2013 town budget (some may have cast their ballots on Tuesday). Budget numbers in full, including line item specifics, are attached to this article, as obtained from wiltonct.org. Voting takes place at the from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fast facts:

  • The budget, if approved, will raise the mill rate by  .986 percent, up to 21.0555 mills
  • Total operating budget request for FY 2013 is $114,146,654
  • Roughly 68 percent of the total budget request is for salaries and benefits
  • The Board of Education is asking for $74,051,216, a 1.75 percent increase
  • The Board of Selectmen is requesting $30,347,323, also a 1.75 percent increase (numbers include $1,069,224 in capital bonding requests)
  •  The $1,069,224 in capital bonding requests include road restoration, school repairs/construction, a new fire truck, Comstock renovations, and Ambler Farm repair.
  •  If less than 15 percent of the voting populace casts a ballot, the budget passes automatically
Del Dridle May 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
COME ON AND GET OUT THE VOTE.... NO WAY!!! 30MIL FOR THE BOS - Let's get rid of 5 positions at that bloated Town Hall. Too bad we can't start with Brennan... Have you ever seen so many people doing so little work? "The Rent is too Darn High" & For petes sake FREE RIVER ROAD!
No more taxes ! May 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
VOTE NO NO NO NO for everything, except the fire truck. Send a message that we will not take the bloated administration any more !!!!! If you vote yes, don't complain when your potential home buyers decide to buy in the next town due to lower taxes! Ask your realtor how many sales they lose to surrounding towns with lower taxes! Wake up Wilton! Vote NO on Saturday!!!!!
Vote for fiscal responsibility May 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I am voting no, why? I have seen numerous comments posted by numerous people giving reasons to vote no. In most cases they have offered suggestions where they feel cuts could be made and reasons for making those cuts. The comments posted by people saying vote yes are mostly saying vote because we need to spend the money. I have not seen any specific reasons which justify why we need to spend more money. The typical reason given to spend more money is that Wilton is rich and we can all afford it. Well not all of us are rich and most of those who are rich did not get that way by spending money just to spend it. We got that way by getting the most bang for our buck. We found ways to save money. Which this budget does not offer. If you feel you can afford an increase in taxes, then please feel free to pay my share also. I on the other hand feel that there is excess waste in the budget that for which our leaders don't have any incentive to make the hard decisions to cut the waste. It is easier to spend more money than to do the work to cut waste. Lets give them the incentive to cut waste....Vote NO! polls open 8-6 tomorrow.
Amo Probus May 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Why do we have to have a 16 million dollar reserve fund? I thought a 10% fund balance was sufficient to retain our bond rating... Overtaxed to the tune of 5 million dollars!!!? you betcha!
Del Dridle May 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
One thing more. Look at the details of the Budget. They meld everything together so you can't determine what the number of employees are, what they do and what they are paid. Of course with the exception of paying nearly a half of million dollars to Brennan... PT Barnum brothers and sisters..."There's one born everyday"... and we are them....

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