MONROE, CT — Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. this Tuesday, when voters decide on a $99.7 million town budget proposal, which carries a projected tax increase of 1.87 percent.
The spending plan includes $67,683,424 for education and $31,249,688 for municipal expenditures, along with $813,868 in contingency and other appropriations. Total spending would increase by $3,023,833 or 3.13 percent.
If voters approve the budget at referendum, the mill rate will rise from 36.86 to 37.55 mills. Then the new mill rate will have to be approved by a vote of the Board of Finance. Individual tax bills can be calculated by multiplying one’s assessed property value by the mill rate and then dividing by 1,000.
Motor vehicle values are not included in the mill rate, since the state of Connecticut made it count separately and capped it at 32.46 mills for this year and next.
During its deliberations on the budget, the Board of Finance reduced First Selectman Ken Kellogg’s proposal to use $3 million from the undesignated fund balance to offset an increase in property taxes, instead approving the use of $2.6 million.
Overall, municipal spending would increase from $30,798,410 to $31,249,688 and education spending would rise by 4.8 percent, from $64,582,666 to $67,683,424. The fiscal plan includes $5,704,066 in debt service and a $7,342,627 capital budget.
Monroe’s four polling places are
- District 1: Fawn Hollow Elementary School, 345 Fan Hill Road
- District 2: Stepney Elementary School, 180 Old Newtown Road
- District 3: Monroe Elementary School, 375 Monroe Turnpike
- District 4: Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike
Click here to confirm your voter registration status and location of your polling place.
For this Budget Referendum, if you are not a Monroe resident but own at least $1,000 worth of property in Monroe and are a U.S. citizen 18-years-or-older you may vote off the grand list in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Here are story links about the budget referendum process and the lead up to the current proposal:
Automatic budget referendum ensures Monroe voters have a voice
Kellogg encourages voters to participate in budget referendum May 2
Finance board approves $99.7 million budget with 1.87% tax hike
New businesses, condos, registered vehicles grow Monroe’s grand list
Voters approve $2.9 million in bonding for roads, fire safety, parks, DPW
Town Council sends $32.1 million municipal budget to the Board of Finance
Finance Board shares expectations before Town Council reviews municipal budget
Kellogg presents $99.86 million town budget with 2.58% tax increase
School board keeps superintendent’s budget proposal intact, grants to reduce increase
Kobza proposes 5.77% budget hike for Monroe public schools
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