August 02, 2020

Milford budget covers landfill closing but still would result in lower tax rate

MILFORD — The Milford Board of Selectmen will hold its last budget meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

Town Manager Bruce A. Locke, presenting his proposed budget to selectmen, said it includes a $100,000 reserve to close the landfill. It also reflects decreases in state revenue-sharing funds and local revenue, no employee wage increases, a slightly reduced county tax and no employee layoffs or give-backs.

If the selectmen go along with the manager’s proposals, the total amount to be raised by taxes for municipal services, excluding schools, would be $856,675, a decrease of $227,159 or 20.9 percent from the previous budget.

The proposed budget would result in property tax rate decrease of $2.74 per $1,000 from last year.

The budget, when it is completed by the selectmen, will be presented to voters at the annual town meeting June 15.

A breakdown of the proposed budget for 1992-93 shows: general government, $165,089; municipal building, $16,300; public safety, $130,000; fire, 74,768; public works, 165,610; solid waste disposal, $245,500; health and welfare, $37,450; parks and recreation, $14,770; fringe benefits and insurances, $91,000; debt service, $39,030; miscellaneous, $6,108; county tax, $62,000; overlay, $75,000; capital improvements, $37,500; and contingency, $25,000; for a total proposed municipal budget of $1,185,125. Last year’s total amounted to $1,435,511. All of these figures are subject to change by selectmen as they go through the budget process.

Locke said that during the 1992-93 fiscal year the town plans to complete the French Settlement Road reconstruction project, the landfill closure study, the Morin Subdivision drainage project, the Bradley Road sidewalk, the Costigan boat launch facility, Messier Lane and County Road shim and overlays, and the Johnson Brook culvert project.

In addition to taking budgetary action, voters will elect one selectman and one school board member.

Two candidates, Donald Cannain, and incumbent Third Selectman John Costigan, have taken out papers for the selectman’s seat.

Four have taken out nomination papers for the three-year seat on the school board, but no one has yet returned them to the town office.

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