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Old Lyme - The town will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget of $33,566,797 and its 2.17 percent increase at 7:30 p.m., April 21 at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. The proposed budget would increase the current tax rate from 19.3 mills to 19.69 mills.
The town's share of the Lyme-Old Lyme school district currently represents $24,691,286 of the total budget. The proposed general government budget is $8,176,876, a 3.96 percent increase.
Capital expenditures would cost $698,635, 3.78 percent more than the current budget. Among them is $142,000 for a loader for the public works department, $22,000 for a tractor with a snow blower and $90,000 for state-required radios for the police department. The town will also put aside $148,000 for paving on the north part of Buttonball Road, as part of annual road maintenance.
Areas in the general government budget set to increase include $41,837 for raises for public works department employees and an additional $14,146 in the senior center budget to make the part-time director's position, which the town funds with Lyme, a full time position, Board of Finance Chairman Andrew Russell said in a phone interview.
"We're maintaining - and, in the case of the senior center, improving - services for the people of Old Lyme," he said.
The town is also increasing funding for the Water Pollution Control Authority from $25,713 this year to about $111,100 in anticipation of potential projects related to sewer pipes along Route 156, he said. The funding would be for associated legal and engineering costs.
The annual town budget meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., May 19 at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium. The Board of Finance will officially set the tax rate after the town approves the budget.
The school board will hold its annual budget meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at the high school. A referendum on the schools budget will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Cross Lane Firehouse for Old Lyme voters.