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GOP Caucus Presents Alternate Budget to Dems

As the common council readies to vote Thursday evening on the mayor's proposed 2012-13 spending package, the Republican caucus has drafted a plan

 

Just hours before the common council will consider approval of Mayor Dan Drew’s 2012-2013 budget proposal, the Republican caucus has submitted its own amended version to the Democrats.

"Individually and collectively, as the minority members of the Common Council, we believe our budget proposal offers the citizens of Middletown better safety preparedness as well as the opportunity to take advantage of city provided services such as the Sunday opening schedule of the Russell Library," reads the letter, signed by Phillip Pessina-Minority Leader, Joseph Bibisi, Deborah Kleckowski and Linda Salafia.

Mayor Dan Drew presented his $132.3 million budget April 2 to the . The $132,270,972 spending package for the 2012-13 fiscal year, represents a 1.6 percentage increase over . The proposed budget would mean a one mill increase in the tax rate — an annual increase of $165, or $13.75 monthly, for the average homeowner with an house valued at $235,000.

The education budget remains about the same as last year in Drew’s budget, at $70,750,000. The school board had requested $74,161,155, which is 4.6 percent, or $3.4 million, more.

"The Republican caucus pledges to work with department heads to constantly review the budget and strategies to reduce spending," it continues.

The main proposed changes are (see the full documents attached)

  • $600,000 added as a foundation for mandatory revaluation
  • Office of Emergency Management received $13,929
  • Adding a parks maintainer at an annually salary of $45,000
  • A grants writer for half a year at $30,000
  • The pension fund be funded at 100 percent
  • The board of education budget be level funded

The common council will vote on the mayor's budget tonight immediately following the 7 p.m. community public meeting in council chambers of city hall.

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Vincent Scaveta May 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Something doesn't make sense here. The Mayor's budget keeps education flat, yet it will require a 1 mill increase. The Dems just said on TV their budget would mean an 8/10 percent increase in mill rate (less than Mayor's) -- yet they're boosting education spending by $ 1.8 million! It's too bad reporters can't balance their check books. This Voodoo economics is well beyond their pay grade.
Ed May 11, 2012 at 01:03 AM
who is glad they voted for the Dems now??
Darrell Lucas May 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
The Republicans "encourage the Board of Education to implement a line-item budget as is required and practiced by all departments." Why everyone doesn't demand that this be done I dont understand. The BOE/State of CT can send us a bill without a full detailed invoice. Stand up for your children to get the best education... but also stand up for complete accountability to where your money is being spend and precisely on what. I understand that the BOE/State of CT isn't required to provide a line item budget. Well, all I have to say about that is just because its not required that doesn't mean its not the right thing to do. I am not required to help someone who has dropped their groceries by picking them up with them. I am not required to hold open the door for the person behind me. I am not required to donate money so I can jump in a lake of freezing water. I/we do these things because I/we feel that it is the right thing to do. Ask each member of the BOE if they FEEL that giving a bill to the people of Middletown without all the details to where that money was spent is The Right Thing to Do. Then ask them if they will do the right thing even though it is not required of them.
Duh May 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Darrell- you ask them! New BOE people asked Frechette, Haynes, & Radzka repeatedly! See how far you get!!!
Darrell Lucas May 12, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I will. I will also suggest that they choose a new Superintendent that can provide such a budget.
AbeLincoln May 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
There is a detailed line item budget on the BOE website.
Darrell Lucas May 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Part1. Welcome to Patch Abe Lincoln! You are correct there is a extensive 'line item' budget on the BOE website found here. http://www.mps1.org/boe/BOEProposedBudget2012-2013.pdf However the details get lost after money is broken down into 'object codes'. I would suggest you start your reading of the budget on page 70. There you can see your 'missing million'. Read the transportation budget line, The big problem with the schools budget is that it stops short from providing complete details of purchases made. A great example I found of this was on page 167. In the Maintenance Budget details you see Purchased Services. In 09-10 you see $0 spent. Then in '10-11 you see $56,623. Wow one year zero then the next year 56k. Why you may ask? Well you wont ever know cause the budget doesn't get that detailed.
Darrell Lucas May 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Part 2. Compare that to the City of Middletown's budget. http://www.cityofmiddletown.com/filestorage/737/776/2012MayorExpendBudget.pdf Heck on page four the city posts how much it spends on envelopes. A line-item budget is easy to make. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/advantages-lineitem-budget-10404.html "From a technical standpoint, it's easy to create a line-item budget. With a piece of lined paper and a pencil, you can list all expenses, giving each item its own line and specific dollar amount. This is why many organizations, especially very small businesses, choose line-item budgeting. It is straightforward and does not require linking budgeting to advanced accounting, such as activity-based costing, or management practices, such as performance-based budgeting."
Darrell Lucas May 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
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