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First Selectman Milardo Explains the Budget Referendum

Listen as Haddam First Selectman, Lizz Milardo, speaks about the upcoming town budget referendum that is occurring in Haddam on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Watch the video:

 

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8 Responses to First Selectman Milardo Explains the Budget Referendum

  1. Chip Frey

    May 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thank you LIZZ. Leadership starts with communication.

  2. Brenda Hunter

    May 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Thank you Lizz for the budget explanation. You have our YES vote. Your hard work and concern for Haddam in an environment that continues to be politically charged is noticed and appreciated by many. Keep up the great work!!

  3. Stanley Kurasinski

    May 30, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Nicely done!

  4. Theresa Malone

    May 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

    will do. thank you Lizz!

  5. Steve Bayley

    May 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I will have to vote no next week on the town government budget for a variety of reasons.
    The $60,000 decrease in revenue needed for property taxes assumes an INCREASE of $52,000 in transfer station permits which means a permit would be $75. If this is passed it would be a hidden tax increase for 2200 households in Haddam, similar to the recent “admissions fee” included in the recent state budget that passed. . The permit fee has not been approved by the Board of Selectmen and I am not sure it will be implemented since permits need to start being sold so people have enough time to buy a permit for 2016-2017. If the permit increase is not approved it will me only a $8,000 revenue decrease in the 2016-2017 budget.
    Second, it amazes me that the Board of Education and town are giving raises to people that are not contractually obligated to get one. This is not about job performance or about any one or group of people, it is about fiscal responsibility. Contractual raises, there is nothing can be done about them until the next contract is negotiated but the Board of Finance and Board of Education, in my opinion, should not be giving raises to non contractual employees during these still tough economic times. A salary increase does not just mean more salary, it increases retirement costs, workers comp costs, etc.
    I also feel the ambulance should not be getting more money while they have $500,000 in a fund or the public health getting more money when they have $100,000 in a fund. They can use these funds to help fund their operations without needing more money from Haddam taxpayers. Again, this is not about performance or any person but about fiscal responsibility. I used to volunteer in a town and drive an ambulance and I know the amazing work volunteer ambulance departments do on a daily basis.
    There are various line items that I and Sean Moriaty brought up at the town meeting that there was no answer for. For example maintenance and electricity going up at the transfer station? Too many increases in line items that add up. $1,000 here, $500 here, $2,000 there.
    Finally, the town has been running a surplus of about $300,000 – $400,000 the last 5-6 years so the town has been collecting much more than is needed. The yield to date expanded for 2/29/16 (75% of the fiscal year is $4,839,376. If you carry that through to the end of the year, that would be $6,049,220 with a 15-16 budget of $7,482,634. I doubt we will have a surplus of almost $1,400,000 but even an extra $1,000,000 in spending means there will be another $400,000 surplus when the 2015-2016 budget year ends June 30th of this year.
    I applaud the Board of Finance for putting more into the capital budget and planning to bond for roads. Unfortunatel,y with increased state funding the board of finance missed a great opportunity to provide real tax relief to the taxpayers of Haddam. For that reason I will be voting no June 1st.
    Thank you.

    • Marlaine Chrystal

      June 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Thank you Steve for breaking all this down. The best I’ve heard yet! We are voting NO!

  6. Marlaine Chrystal

    June 1, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Steve Bayley summed all this up very well. I need not say anymore.. We are voting NO! Running this town on the backs of seniors living on Social Security won’t work.

  7. Steven Lowrance

    June 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Why wasn’t this posted on the town Facebook page? That was supposed to be the new vehicle for town communication. Why wasn’t it posted before Saturday, May 28, the first day of a 3 day holiday. Yes, leadership starts with communication and this was a failure to communicate in time and through the proper medium.