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Democratic Town Committee Supports New London Budget

Mayor and DTC chairman say "overwhelming" support for budget passed by City Council

The Democratic Town Committee voted "overwhelmingly" to support the on Tuesday, according to a statement by the mayor's office and DTC chairman.

"The Democratic Party in New London recognizes the difficult work that the Democratic administration and City Council did to lessen the impact of our fiscal needs on city taxpayers," said DTC chairman Bill Satti. "The Democratic Party stands firmly behind this budget."

On June 19, the City Council voted 5-2 in favor of the $42,323,256 municipal budget, which went into effect on July 1. The budget represents a 7.5 percent increase in the mill rate, or tax per $1,000 of assessed value, from 25.31 to 27.22.

The vote overturned a but restored funds to administrative positions which the council previously decided to defund in order to . Democratic councilors Marie Friess-McSparran and John Maynard opposed the final budget. The council's lone Republican, Adam Sprecace, supported it.

A successfully challenged the municipal budget and tax rate, and voters will decide whether to uphold these decisions in a . The $40,626,405 budget for the was not affected by this petition, and last week the Board of Education within this appropriation in a 5-2 vote.

Mayor Daryl Finizio, who has scheduled a number of to discuss the budget, said he was pleased with the committee's decision.

"In this difficult budget year the fact that our diverse Democratic Town Committee voted nearly unanimously to support the city budget is a very telling sign that a community consensus is developing behind supporting this budget and moving our city forward," said Finizio.

The Republican Town Committee has requested that the city available on the municipal website, but has not yet taken a position on the referendum. The RTC will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.

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Tambria Moore August 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The budget information on the website was updated on the 22nd
William Desmond August 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
And what does that change Tambria?
William Desmond August 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The previous post about the election says it all. The town committee vote on this means nothing. If there are all new committee members then it is just a handfull of mayoral supporters, if it is a large representative number of the previous committee members then the theory of the last election is more relevant. Either way the position of this committee means little to nothing in the Whaling City.
Wayne Vendetto August 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I really haven't decided which way I am going to vote, but the fact that a ton of money and Public Works resources were just spent on Harbor School makes me lean toward a No vote. Why did Harbor need a new library and carpet, when it is closing at the end of the year?
Rick Lushay August 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Good point Wayne, nice start; Also, Why do we keep all the lights on in the school buildings all night long? Why do we aircondition the unused temporary school units at the Edgerton athletic fields? Why do we have public works vehicles idling for hours at a time when they are not moving. Why do we see the lights at the city athletic fields on all night long(on occasion, not every night). The city leadership needs to take steps to curb unneeded expenditures before any tax increase at all is considered. Get rid of at lease half of the vehicles provided to city employees as a perk, most are not needed and are a waste. These are just a few reasons to vote NO!

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