UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: As GOP remains mum on budget cuts, public will get a say before final vote

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

As GOP remains mum on budget cuts, public will get a say before final vote

The request from the Representative Town Meeting's moderator was right there on the agenda -- any RTM members who intend to make cuts to the proposed $280 million budget for 2013-14 at the May 6 meeting were asked to make their intentions known Monday night "in order to provide reasonable notice of all intended motions to all affected persons."
But only two members -- Hal Schwartz, D-7, and David MacKenzie, R-3 -- did that. Schwartz said he plans to make a motion to reduce by $100,000 the recently restored $350,000 for the Pequot Library.
"There's fat in every budget," he said, "and Fairfield's no different. MacKenzie wants the projected tax increase for the new fiscal year to be no more than 2 percent. Prior to RTM action restoring the Pequot funding, the tax increase stood at 2.91 percent, which would increase the tax rate from 23.37 to 24.05 mills. Ann Stamler, D-5, cautioned, however, against simply picking a target number.
"I don't think we were elected to keep our taxes at a certain rate," she said. "We were elected to make sure services are delivered to our citizens." READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/As-GOP-remains-mum-on-budget-cuts-public-will-4456692.php?cmpid=twitter

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