Wilton Begins Two Days Of Voting On $120 Million Budget

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Wilton has its Town Meeting on Tuesday to vote on the proposed $120 million budget. Pictured is First Selectman Bill Brennan.
Wilton has its Town Meeting on Tuesday to vote on the proposed $120 million budget. Pictured is First Selectman Bill Brennan. Photo Credit: File photo

WILTON, Conn., -- Wilton voters have the town’s spending plan in their hands as they vote over two separate days this week on the town’s $120,463,363 budget. 

The first round of voting will be in the evening on Tuesday, May 6. 

First Selectman Bill Brennan said the overall budget compares favorably to other towns in the area. He also proudly spoke of the low mill rate increase.

“The mill rate increase is 2 percent, which is very reasonable considering that it is lower than the rate of inflation,” he said.

The projected mill rate is 26.5179. That means a property owner pays $26.5179 per very $1,000 of assessed value.
The first chance for voters to cast ballots is after the town meeting set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Middlebrook School cafeteria.

The second vote is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Voting will be held in the Clune Center lobby at Wilton High School.

Absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office from Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and must be returned no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

The total Board of Selectmen budget comes in at $31,766,767, a 2.65 percent increase over 2013-14, while the Board of Education budget rises 2.97 percent to $78,401,125.

Rounding out the budget is $9.1 million for debt service and $1.1 million for charter authority.

Voters also will consider five bonding projects, including:

  • $9.9 million for planning and renovation of the Comstock Community Center,
  • $3.4 million for roadwork,
  • $595,000 for a new fire truck,
  • $500,000 for the installation of a new districtwide school security system; and
  • $250,000 for improvements at the White House at Ambler Farm.

More details on the budget and a sample ballot can be found on the town of Wilton's website.

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You are 100% correct. I have not seen ONE serious spending control measure implemented in this town. Here is how we did it in the real world. Chairman to officers: "10% headcount reduction, budget flat, and continue to do the work. Those who feel they cannot accomplish this should consider working elsewhere". You cannot tell me, having NEVER gone through a reduction in force, that we are not full of fat in every department. Every single one. Nonessential tasks, poorly written contracts, no ability to say no to every gadget the PD and FD want. Please tell me why we need video surveillance in town hall? Automatic license plate readers on police cars? Dive team? Swat team? 10 million on Comstock. Comstock? Capitalizing operating expenses? You really can't make this stuff up.

The budget is 2.65% more than last years budget. That is way too high considering the financial stresses residents are going thru. Brennan received a salary increase again this year simply because it would hurt his enormously misplaced ego if he were paid less than the police chief. He certainly hasn't done anything to reduce spending and his decision to borrow money to maintain streets is the same technique that got NYC in trouble in the 70's and Detroit in the last 20 years. He claims to be a republican but spends like a drunken sailor (with apologies to our uniformed soldiers)