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New Milford residents approve $1.5 million appropriation

September 25, 2018

Residents approved the $1.5 million special appropriation at a town meeting Monday that drew a crowd of about 25 to 30 residents.

The money was originally set aside to help the town close the $2.2 million cut in state funding for the last fiscal year, but town and school officials were able to make that up with savings, layoffs and not filling vacancies.

Mayor Pete Bass presented a list of about 20 items to use that money on instead, which was approved by Town Council and then by the Board of Finance.

The biggest items on the list are the town’s $350,000 share of a grant to buy a new firetruck, and $335,000 to buy a pothole-fixing truck.

The list also includes two new full-time positions that would bring the bulk of the road work in-house and includes $95,000 for the land surveyor position and $105,000 for the new engineer position. Both amounts include benefits and insurance. A vehicle and equipment for the surveyor is also included on the list for $75,000.

Building a sidewalk along Patriot’s Way to connect the riverwalk to the downtown for $80,000 is also included, as are several items that were cut from the budget in the spring.

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