Mayor presents Danbury budget with no tax increase

April 3, 2019

DANBURY — Mayor Mark Boughton has presented a $261.5 million budget that keeps the tax rate the same while still increasing funding for schools and paving.

Boughton’s proposed budget is $4.5 million or 1.8 percent more than the current year.

Despite the increase, the tax rate will not be changed. This is in part because the grand list grew about 1.4 percent, according to the proposed budget.

“Our Zero Tax Increase budget, increases education spending to the tune of $5.2 million dollars, provides $4.6 million dollars for paving, and enhances public safety coverage. All the while freezing the mill rate at 27.60,” Boughton tweeted Wednesday morning.

The Board of Education accounts for $134.4 million of the budget. The district is getting $2.2 million more in annual funding, as well as a $2 million net increase in Alliance grant funding.

“The FY 2019-2020 Budget is a balanced plan that strategically funds the City’s priorities in Public Safety, Education, and Infrastructure at the current mill rate levels,” Boughton wrote in the mayor’s message part of the budget.

Some of the highlights of this budget include $2.1 million more for salaries and benefits and $500,000 more for post-employment benefits.

Some of the capital improvement projects included are road and bridge repairs and replacements, upgrading public safety vehicles and equipment; upgrading the water pollution control plant as well as sewer lines and pumps; upgrading the water system and equipment; animal control equipment and technology improvements; replacing ambulances; improving the parks and trails; treework and improving the downtown.

This story will be updated.