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Public hearing Thursday on new budget plan in Morris
Litchfield.bz (12-31-17)


A public hearing on the latest proposed budget for 2017-18 in Morris will be held Thursday at 7 p.m.
 
Three previous budget proposals have been defeated in referendums and the new spending plan of $9,431,175 calls for an increase in the tax rate of .89 mills. The proposed budget is $351,663, or 3.9 percent, higher than the 2016-17 budget of $9,079,512.
 
About $254,000 of the proposed increase can be found in the town's share of $6,635,650 for the approved Region 6 Board of Education budget. The Board of Finance has no control over education spending.
 
Eight-tenths of the proposed tax-rate increase is the result of the increase in education spending. Municipal spending shows an increase of just $97,000 under the proposed budget. The new tax rate under the spending plan would be 28.72 mills.
 
The previous budget plan called for a tax-rate increase of 1.46 mills, but the finance board made some cuts and voted to apply $250,000 from fund balance to offset the proposed budget increase and lower the proposed tax-rate increase.
 
The proposed budget calls for salary increases of 5 percent for the first selectman, tax collector and town treasurer. Previously, the finance board called for salary increases of more than 10 percent for each position.