Residents and taxpayers will get their formal crack at the $51.8 million budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year on Wednesday.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to accept comment. The hearing - technically part of a special Town Council meeting - is slated for the Tolland High School auditorium.
Here is the breakdown submitted to the council by Town Manager Steven Werbner:
• General Government - $10,907,859.
• Capital Improvement Reserve Fund - $141,991.
• Board of Education - $36,059,250.
• Debt Service - $4,735,625.
The budget proposal represents an increase of $482,491 from this year's adopted spending plan and a percentage increase of 0.94 percent.
Werbner said $357,000 of the increase is from the Board of Education's proposal.
That is a 1 percent increase for education.
General government is going up just $62,515 in Werbner's spending plan, a 0.58 percent increase.
The debt service line item represents an increase of $92,840, or 2 percent.The capital proposal is $29,886 less than this year's capital budget.
Werbner has called the proposed spending plan, "a responsible budget recommendation for these economic times."
In the budget proposal:
• The Zoning enforcement officer's position is eliminated.
• The assistant director of recreation position is gone.
• One truck driver will not be replaced when the current one retires.
• A reduction in bulky waste pickups to six months per year on an every other month basis is proposed.
• Street sweeping is eliminated for the second straight year.
• Funds for over-seeding school board fields are out.
• There is no revaluation contribution.
• Hours are reduced at the Crandall Park swimming pool.