Westminster council hears $14.9 million budget proposal

Plan includes no raises in water, sewer, tax rates

April 13, 1999|By Kristine Henry | Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF

Westminster's proposed budget for next year, introduced last night at the Common Council meeting, includes no increases in water, sewer or property tax rates.

The spending plan projects similar revenues and expenditures -- about $14.9 million -- for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

"I've always been critical of the budget, but this year I feel really good about it," said Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr., who announced yesterday that he will not seek a third term in the next election. "I think [finance chairman] Councilman Gregory Pecoraro and [Director of Finance] Stephen Dutterer did an excellent job."

The council will hold a public hearing on the budget May 3.

Also last night, the council approved a proposal to amend a 1978 ordinance that requires businesses that want unretractable awnings to seek approval from the council.

The change benefits owners of the old Fire Hall and Harry's Main Street restaurant, who had sought approval for permanent fabric awnings similar to those outside Merrill Lynch and Sam's Bagels on Main Street.

The council tentatively approved a request by Robert Bizzarri to have the Countywide Taxi & Transportation Service returned to his ownership, pending proof of insurance by the close of business today.

Bizzarri told the council that his insurance has been renewed, but the Police Department said it had not received the required certificate of insurance.

Bizzarri was placed on a year's unsupervised probation in November 1997 after he was charged with altering a check for a fare from $4 to $400. He transferred ownership of the company to his mother, Betty June Bizzarri, in September 1997.

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