Published May 17. 2014 4:00AM
Old Lyme — The town's 2014-15 budget of $33,524,624, as well as the acceptance of land near the Lieutenant River and Halls Road for recreational use, will come before residents on Monday.
Residents will vote on whether to accept a donation from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for a land parcel along the Lieutenant River. The land, slightly more than a half-acre stretch near the north side of Halls Road, is to be designated for public recreational use, which could include fishing, crabbing and launching non-commercial boats, according to the agenda.
The 2014-15 budget, also up for town approval on Monday, stands at slightly more than 2 percent than the current budget. The Board of Finance will set the tax rate, which is projected to rise slightly from 19.3 mills to 19.66 mills, after the meeting.
Next fiscal year's budget comprises additional capital funding for state-mandated radios for the police department and for public works equipment. Along with funding from Lyme, the town's budget allocates funding to turn the Lymes' Senior Center director into a full-time position. The spending plan also increases funds for the Water Pollution Control Authority from $25,713 this fiscal year to about $111,100, in anticipation of potential projects related to sewer pipes along Route 156, Board of Finance Chairman Andrew Russell said in a previous interview.
The budget also factors in $24,649,113 for the Lyme-Old Lyme school district. Lyme and Old Lyme residents voted in favor of the overall $31,963,401 school district budget for 2014-15, a 0.7 percent increase over the current plan, at a referendum earlier this month.
Also up for a vote is setting a twice-a-year payment schedule for personal property and real estate taxes. Payments would be due on July 1, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015, according to the agenda.
In addition, residents will vote on approving an easement for an already-installed pipe connecting a private septic system to a residence on Flat Rock Hill. This easement for constructing and maintaining the pipe should have been granted decades ago when the septic system was installed, but the oversight was only recently discovered by the town sanitarian, according to minutes from the May 5 Board of Selectmen meeting.