Town of Pomfret holds meeting about tentative budget

On Friday evening, the Town of Pomfret board was presented with the 2014 tentative budget by Donald Steger, town supervisor.

Preliminary budget figures showed an increase town-wide of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

For property owners outside the village limits, there would be a tentative overall increase of 14 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Councilwoman Patricia Lynch Christina said in a phone interview, “More often than not, after the budget is worked by the board, the figures are often lowered a little bit. That’s why we go to work now and find places we can trim.”

Steger said at the meeting, “We’ve gotten much fewer budget requests this year than in the past.”

Christina said she had received correspondence from Joy Harper of the Darwin R. Barker Library Association who had requested a one percent increase in their subsidization.

“They would also like their hours posted that they close at 7:45 p.m. rather than 8,” Christina said, pointing out that library workers have been kept an extra 15 to 20 minutes often because of patrons going to the library shortly before they close.

“It’s an inconsistency we need to deal with,” Christina said.

The public is invited to attend the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 9 at 6:30 when preliminary budget workshop times for Oct. 16 and possibly Oct. 23 will be released.

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