PLAINVILLE – The Town Council on Monday set April 30 as the date for a townwide vote on the proposed 2019-20 budget.
Residents will be able to vote from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Plainville Fire Department, 77 W. Main St.
The total proposed budget comes to $62.2 million. That represents an increase of $2.1 million, or 3.63 percent, increase from the previous year’s budget. The average increase over the past nine years has been 1.86 percent.
The property tax rate would increase from 33.84 mills to 35.07, a 1.23-mill increase that would translate to a 3.65 percent tax hike. The property tax rate has increased by an average of 1.70 percent over the past seven years.
The value of the average home in Plainville is $196,038. The average homeowner would see a $169 tax increase. The average condominium in Plainville is valued at $136,644. The impact of the proposed budget on the average condo owner would be $118.
The Board of Education portion of the budget comes to $38.5 million. This represents a $1.2 million, or 3.29 percent, increase from last year. It includes the proposed contribution of $107,640 from the governor’s proposed budget. Were it not for this contribution, the education budget would increase by 3 percent or $1.1 million.
The town government portion of the budget is $18 million, up $470,869, or 2.69 percent, from last year.
During the Board of Education liaison report, school board Chairwoman Deb Hardy reported that the old parking lot at Wheeler Elementary School will be torn up after the last day of school and the new lot will be in place before the next school year. The playscape and basketball court should be completed in Septemberr, she said.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee said during his report that 25 more roads will soon be repaired as part of the final year of a five-year, $5 million project.
“These are roads that were last paved in the mid-’80s or early ’90s,” said Lee.
Currently, $1.07 million remains in the fund for the paving project. Lee said the 25 roads will cost $869,436 to repair. If there is money left over after contingency considerations, Lee said, two or three more roads could be worked on.
Lee said that he is working with town staff to come up with another five-year, $5 million road repair package.
“Our goal is to include a vote [on the repair package] with the November election,” Lee said.
Also Monday, the council voted to use $1,315,300 of the $2.1 million approved last year to get a new tower truck and pumper truck for the Fire Department. Both will be replacing trucks that are over 25 years old.
The council previously voted to buy the pumper for $674,670 from Bulldog Fire Apparatus. The tower truck will also be bought from Bulldog. Bulldog offered a $10,000 discount from the original $1,325,330 if the council approved the purchase by March 29.
Fire Chief Kevin Toner said his department would likely be getting the new trucks in 400 days.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.