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Glassman Proposes $18.13 Million Budget for 2013-14 With Slight Increase

Town budgets will be presented to the board of finance on March 27.

Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman proposed an $18.13 million budget with a slight spending increase over last year to the board of selectmen during a meeting Monday night.

The town of Simsbury budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year will see a .5 percent increase over last year’s budget, according to Glassman.

“This means that this is the fifth year in a row that we’ve kept our expenditures to a level below the 2008-09 budget,” Glassman said.

WATCH: Simsbury Board of Selectmen Budget Meeting on the Simsbury Community Television website

The board of selectmen budget accounts for approximately one quarter of the town’s total budget with the largest percentage of the budget coming from Simsbury Public Schools.

Earlier this month, Superintendent Matthew Curtis presented a $64.92 million budget to the Board of Education.

Town officials have been holding informational budget workshops this week. The social services, land use/economic development and public safety budget workshop will be held on Thursday February 28 at 6 p.m. in the small program room at Simsbury Public Library.

Town officials will present the final proposed budgets to the board of finance on March 27.

For more informtion about the town's budget process and upcoming March workshops, visit the Town of Simsbury website.

David Moelling February 27, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Check out the Simsbury Superintendent of Schools presentation (on town website). We will lose 112 Students (10.5% ? I don't think he has his percentages right but I guess that's par for the public schools, I get 3%) in 2013-2014 but we still have an increase in Spending of 1.59%? This assumes our State aid will not decrease (fat chance). But evidently our ace K-12 teachers now need 5 new "Instructional Coaches" for $290K. We have to boost our pension contribution due to crappy market returns (Simsbury has done a good job on this even if we cannot control administration costs). Bottom line is there should be a budget reduction on the order of 5% to cover both a reduction in staff and a provision for loss of state aid. For the town budget how about we go the last few yards and make it a no increase budget. Our grand list is going to be reduced (and if the car tax goes away it will go down even more) so let's try to avoid a tax increase.
David Moelling February 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Oops only 4 Instructional Coaches for $73K each (cost). I think we should think big in this era of declining enrollment. How about we offer "Simsbury Scholarships" of $8K/year to every school age kid (vs the $13.5K we now spend per student. These could be used against tuition at any school. We could also give homeschool kids $3K/yr for instructional material costs and supplies. The trend is not to move to the well off town for better schools it is private and homeschooling, so why not be a leader. People would flock to town.

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