Manchester adopts tax rise, budget

May 12, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

After lurching through a series of proposed tax rates, the Manchester Town Council last night adopted a $1,458,218 budget and 41-cent tax rate for fiscal 1994.

Three Manchester Town Council members each proposed different tax rates, ranging from 39 cents to 42 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, and each proposal died for lack of a second.

The new budget represents a 2-cent increase on the current tax rate.

A proposal by Councilman Geoffrey Black to set the tax rate at 41 cents was originally defeated, 3-2, with council members Charlotte Collett, John A. Riley and Gerald H. Bollinger opposing the motion.

Mrs. Collett supported a 42-cent rate; Mr. Bollinger supported a 39-cent rate.

Council members later negotiated the 41-cent rate and adopted the budget.

Councilman Robert Kolodziejski said that about $4,200 would have to come out of the salary line item to balance the budget.

In a public hearing on the budget before the regular council meeting, resident Jamie Horrigan told council members, "I'm a taxpayer. I don't want you to have the same thing happen with the tax rate that happened with the sewer rate."

Last year, Manchester water and sewer bills jumped suddenly, doubling and tripling for some residents.

"Please keep that in consideration when you make up your tax rate," Mr. Horrigan said.

This year, Manchester's budget spells out planned capital spending.

The big-ticket items are a $150,000 expansion of sewer service to the Charmil Drive area and the purchase of replacement water meters at an estimated cost of $70,000 or more.

These items are to be paid from water fund reserves, Town Manager Terry Short said Monday.

A public hearing on water and sewer rates also took place last night, although rates for the next fiscal year were not adopted.

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