Tuesday, April 27, 2010

west hartford tax rates GOING UP AGAIN

the story makes it sound like they're (the town) doing us a favor because it COULD have gone up more. now, i distinctly remember years ago being told if we let them build black and blue square (and gave them OUR money to do so), our taxes WOULD GO DOWN. someone has some 'splainin' to do.....................

West Hartford Approves $216.7 Million Budget

The Hartford Courant

Last-minute adjustments to a proposed municipal budget totaled about $2.5 million in reductions, producing a $216.7 million budget that was passed Monday night by the town council.

The new budget will take effect July 1, unless a referendum is triggered by petitions. The budget requires a tax rate of 38.38 mills, a 2.24 percent increase.

The current tax rate is 37.54, which means that a taxpayer is charged $37.54 for every $1,000 of assessed taxable property. Prior to the final changes, the proposed 2010-11 budget was $219.1 million, which would have required a tax rate of 38.91 mills, a 3.7 percent increase.

The reduced budget is possible because of nearly two dozen adjustments to trim $922,000 from the general government budget for 2010-11 and $1.5 million in long-term debt. To make some of the adjustments, the town is using a portion of the money from its $4.5 million Blue Back Square settlement to pay for some items..........

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