East Lyme voters approve $74.1 million town budget

East Lyme — In a low but typical turnout for a budget referendum, according to Assistant Registrar Pam Stevens, voters on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the town’s total $74.1 million budget proposed for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Residents voted 685 to 232 to support the budget, which reflects a 2.52 percent, or $1.8 million, increase over this year’s spending plan.

The Board of Finance on Tuesday will finalize the mill rate. The board proposed a 28.19 mill rate, which is 0.84 mill higher than this year’s 27.35 mill rate. If set at 28.19, a home assessed at $250,000 would pay an increase of $210 in taxes next year, while a home assessed at $450,000 would pay an additional $378, Finance Director Anna Johnson said Tuesday.

First Selectman Mark Nickerson said Thursday that the proposed mill rate could change slightly, depending on projected Education Cost Sharing revenue from the state, which he said is still in flux but potentially could change “to the town’s benefit.”

As part of the total town budget, the education budget also passed at $49.2 million, which adds $1.2 million, or 2.66 percent, compared to this year’s education spending plan.

The Board of Education will, over the coming weeks, have to work with $250,000 less than the $49.5 million it originally requested after the Board of Finance made reductions in April.

Superintendent Jeffrey Newton has warned those reductions may result in cuts to middle school sports, pay-for-play sports at the high school and reduced student programming, among other changes, as a letter sent to parents outlined before the town's public budget hearing in April.

At Monday's Board of Education meeting, Newton and board members discussed cutting or restructuring certain high school and middle school sports, as well as possibly eliminating or reducing an elementary foreign language program. No decisions were made at the meeting.

The Board of Education will continue those discussions at its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. June 10.

m.biekert@theday.com

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

Friends and Neighbors: EB shipbuilding course holds graduation

Twenty-six area high school students, including 11 from Stonington and North Stonington, were honored June 5 at the Westerly Education Center for completing courses in maritime pipefitting and sheet metal.


Testing the waters in Norwich

Cousins Jovanni Arrieta, 12, of New London, Damien Pulst, 8, of Norwich, Jolijah Arrieta, 10, of New London and Jeremy Soler, 11, of Norwich dip their toes in Spaulding Pond to test how cold the water is before jumping in Wednesday, opening day.


Old Lyme first selectwoman tapped to head state port authority

At a special meeting held Wednesday at Town Hall, Connecticut Port Authority board members elected new leadership to continue oversight of the port authority’s mission of supporting the state’s maritime economy


Preston finance board cuts budgets for second try at voter approval

The Board of Finance cut $60,000 from the proposed school budget and $40,000 from the town government budget in the wake of the June 11 referendum defeat of both budgets.

TRENDING

PODCASTS