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Voting today on Seymour and Oxford budgets

May 11, 2017

Voters in Seymour and Oxford are voting today on their town’s budgets with only a simple majority required to approve them.

In Oxford residents are being asked to approve a budget that calls for a 2.01 mill rate decrease. Ballots are being cast until 8 p.m. at Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road.

In Seymour, First Selectman Kurt Miller and the Board of Finance have proposed a budget that calls for no mill rate increase. Voting is taking place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine Street.

There registered residents will be asked to vote yes or no on two ballot questions.

The first is “Shall the town general government budget, as recommended by the Board of Finance, of $23,269,300 for the fiscal year 2017-18 be adopted?

Line two reads: “Shall the Board of Education budget, as recommended by the Board of Finance, of $32,974,308 for the Town of Seymour for the fiscal year 2017-18 be adopted?

The Seymour budget projects town revenues of $56,243,608 and two expenditures totaling the same amount— most of which is the Board of Education budget. The revenue section includes a $42,326,298 in property tax collections as well as the questionable estimated $10,128,492 in state education funding and tuition and another $1,245,501 in other state funding. At this point there is no state budget and there may not be one for months.

“We’re okay,” First Selectman Kurt Miller previously told Hearst Connecticut Media. “We’ve got $5.5 million in our fund balance that will help carry us through until the state finally decides what they will do. But that couldn’t carry us an entire year.”

He said the town has “worked hard to build up the fund balance. If we get into the fall without a budget that will create challenges for many municipalities,” he said.

In Oxford First Selectman George Temple and the Board of Finance have proposed a budget that calls for a 2.01 mill rate decrease which is unusual in these trying state times. One of the reasons the town was able to offer this to its residents is the $34.5 million Grand List increase which provides more taxes from owned property

The town called for a $47,644,395 budget with the same amount of expenses. The largest expense is the $29,329,048 Board of Education budget..

There are four questions on the Oxford ballot.

The first is: Shall the Town of Oxford approve the Town’s Municipal annual budget for fiscal year 2017-18?

Question 2 reads: Shall the Town of Oxford approve the Town’s Board of Education annual budget for fiscal year 2017-18?

The third question reads: Shall the Town of Oxford approve a levy for road projects for the benefit of the reserve fund for capital and non-recurring expenditures for the fiscal year 2017-18?

The final question is: Shall the Town of Oxford approve the funding of 33 projects in the Capital and nonrecurring fund in the amount of $2,385,571 for the fiscal year 2017-18?