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Lauretti's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Message

The mayor proposed a $113.4 million budget that would increase Shelton's mill rate, lower property taxes for most residents, and cut money from the BOE.

Mayor Mark A. Lauretti proposed a $113.4 million budget for fiscal year 2013 that would increase 's mill rate, decrease residents' taxes, and cut half a million dollars from the 's budget.

During his presentation to the Board of Apportionment & Taxation Wednesday night, Lauretti said this budget "reflects spending levels that are less than 1 percent more than last year."

This year, all city properties were re-evaluated, and Lauretti said that "while residential property values have dropped, the commercial and industrial properties have held in value. As a result, most home owners (95%) will see a reduction in overall taxes."

Lauretti said the city's Grand List dropped an average of 16 percent, but "going forward Shelton will remain economically stable."

In contrast, the mill rate will rise to 21.85 mills from 18.57.

As for education, the BOE approved a budget draft late last year, of which Lauretti allocated $500,000 less than their requested amount.

Lauretti admitted that he has often been critical of the BOE's financial management, particularly with pay-to-play sports fees, which he appropriated $285,000 for the elimination of "when and only when the BOE rescinds this program."

"One must question its [pay-to-play] validity considering the BOE finished the school year with an $850,000 budget surplus," he said.

Other Highlights

  • Multiple Planning & Zoning projects will yield increased tax revenue:
    • Canal Street reconstruction
    • Conclusion of the Riverwalk
  • City will invest in:
    • Road reconstruction
    • Purchase of fire and police vehicles
  • Employment levels are expected to remain constant
  • A program designed to decrease recycling spending will soon be announced

Editor's note: Video of the presentation will be uploaded shortly. Patch is currently experiencing some technical glitches.

Leah Salomoni (Editor) February 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM
"And then he will pull a rabbit out of his hat! Ta-Dah!" -Laura Lenhard "Of course, education cuts" -Louise Casinelli Ryon "Yes cut 180 day a year workers pay to daly rate TAXPAYERS EARN!!! -John Szczesiul (Comments are transferred from Shelton Patch Facebook page)
Danielle A. Elwood February 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Of course there are more cuts to education. It is clear here in Shelton the education of our children is continuing to fall short. This concerns me as my oldest son will be starting the Shelton Public School System in the fall. Maybe it is time to move to a town that values the education of their children a little more?
Paul Grimmer March 01, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Good Job Mayor, Balancing quality of life and fiscal conservatism if a difficult chore. Many of us appreciate your continued hard work.
Kasia Guzy May 01, 2012 at 02:40 PM
95% percent of homeowners will see a decrease in property taxes, ironically we have been paying the lowest taxes comparing to neighboring towns in Fairfield county. At the same time the education suffers, people who are concerned about children education flee the district in search of better public schools and to pay higher taxes. Anything wrong with the picture?
Arlene Liscinsky May 01, 2012 at 04:33 PM
As it happens, I already calculated my taxes with the possible new mill rate and my taxes will go up $58 and the assessment on my house went down 14%.Translated ,I will be getting less for more. Home values are taking a beating enough,and once the school system is inadequately funded ,it will impact the community.It all comes down to what is valued in the community most ,low taxes,poor roads,poor public safety infrastructure ,not enough police ,etc.
Paul Grimmer May 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
You are quite right.. The BoE finished the year with an $850,000 surplus and they were just given a $500,000 increase in this years budget. Sounds like they are suffering. Communities across the country complain about poor education, poor roads, need more police, people fleeing the district... blah blah blah. You all talk in hyperbole!

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