The third budget referendum for the Town of East Windsor is set for Tuesday, June 10 for a proposed budget of $34.64 million with a zero mill increase. After the second budget referendum narrowly failed to pass on May 27, the Board of Finance reconvened to discuss more cuts to the proposed $35.92 million budget.
At the preceding Public Hearing on May 28, one East Windsor resident said he failed to vote on the second budget referendum because he felt the cuts were not taken equally and fairly across departments. He said the cuts should not be taken out of the Town budget, which comprises 40 percent of the total budget. Board of Education member Bill Schultz responded that the Town found money for its budget from a fiscal analysis.
Facilities Manager Len Norton, also director of Public Works, noted that an additional $297.700 was taken from his budgets, in addition to the previous cuts totaling $500,000. According to Norton, no other departments saw such dramatic cuts. He asked that his departments be spared from any more cuts.
Another resident said that she believed that the low margin of votes between passing and rejecting the budget, 521-580, showed that the town was close to setting a budget that residents felt the town needed.
In the new budget, revenues from taxes decreased by $272,9111, from $28.84 million to $28.57 million. Government Administrative Services saw a $47,7847 increase in expenditures/appropriation, while cuts of less than $15,000 each were made to Public smallest cut—$5,000.
The Board of Education budget was reduced by $282,695 to $21.19 million.
Under taxes, the current levy decreased by $272,911 to $27.79 million.
Residents can access the complete 2014-2015 proposed budget directly at this town link.
The budget referendum on Tuesday, June 10 will be held at town polling places, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. District 1 polling place is at the Town Hall Annex, 25 School St., East Windsor. District 2 polling place is at the Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook.
The East Windsor Town Clerk's Office is located at town hall. Its hours are Monday–Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.– 7 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. The Town Office is closed on May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.
Call the Town Clerk's Office at 860-292-8255 with questions.