Town Budget Information

The Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday June 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm for the following purposes, to wit:

a. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Board of Selectmen’s Budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $2,016,393 (two million, sixteen thousand, three hundred ninety-three dollars).
ALL APPROVED.

b. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Board of Education Budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021 in the amount of $6,785,196 (six million, seven hundred eighty-five thousand, one hundred ninety-six dollars).
ALL APPROVED.

c. To appropriate the funds necessary for the Capital Projects Budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 in the amount of $162,817 (one hundred sixty-two thousand, eight hundred seventeen dollars) from the unassigned fund.
ALL APPROVED.

d. To set a tax rate and collection period for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
A mill rate of 29.21 for FY 20/21 was set.
ALL APPROVED.

There will be no tax increase for Voluntown residents for FY 20/21

The June 9th Board of Selectmen’s meeting can be viewed here.

Board of Selectmen Meeting June 9@6PM: BOS Votes on Budgets and Appropriations

Per Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7HH,  the Board of Selectmen will vote on the FY21 proposed budgets and proposed appropriations at the June 9th Board of Selectmen meeting. The Agenda can be viewed here.  This will be a Zoom meeting and residents can watch livestream via the town’s YouTube page. Public comments can  be sent to voluntownwebsite@gmail.com up to one hour before the start of the meeting and will be read during Citizens Comments on the Agenda. The public will be able to view the meeting livestream via the town’s YouTube channel. 

Public Hearing on BOS and BOE Proposed FY21 Budgets


2020-2021 Town Budget Information

May 20, 2020 

Voluntown Residents, 

The budget planning for Fiscal Year 20/21 has been a challenging process, to say the least. The Board of Selectmen have gone back to the budget multiple times to make sure that we are fulfilling our financial obligations, as well as meeting the needs of our residents. We also understand that many residents are currently, or have been, out of work the past couple of months and are facing financial challenges of their own. Knowing that residents could be struggling to pay their property taxes this year, we have approved a deferment payment program which gives residents an additional 90 days to pay their taxes without penalty, if they need that time to do so.  Also, working together with the Board of Education, we have formulated budgets that have a zero-mill rate increase.  

To keep our spending as low as possible for fiscal year 20/21, the Board of Selectmen have decided that there will be no cost of living increase for town employees, unless they have that increase in their contracts. We have tabled the plan to hire a town planner, and additional part time staff in the town hall. We have not put the money into capital projects, like paving and tree removal, like we have in the past. The Government budget has an increase of $52, 316 due to the increases in health insurance, liability insurance, workmen’s compensation, and the loss in investment and grant revenue that we have been hit with.  

For capital projects this year, we are planning to pay off the plow truck that we added to the budget as a lease last fiscal year, and put money aside for the library roof replacement and for breathing apparatuses for the fire department. This money comes out of the undesignated fund as an appropriation and does not come from FY20/21 property taxes. These appropriations still leave us with a healthy fund balance, which we will need to cover our financial responsibilities with the 90-day extension on the tax payment deadline. It will also help mitigate any loss in state revenue that we have accounted for but are not guaranteed.  With the casinos being closed we don’t know if we will receive the full amount of Mashantucket Pequot Fund revenue we expect. We also don’t know what the state’s plans are with funding PILOT, which we greatly depend on.  

We have been able to put the mill rate at a zero increase do the increase in our grand list total, and because we added $30,000 to the revenue budget with the Special Education Excess Cost Grant that is received annually. This grant was not previously accounted for in revenue.  The Board of Education agreeing to put the BOE budget at a zero increase was a huge part in making the zero-mill increase possible. Yay teamwork! 

Due to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7HH, residents will not be voting on the FY 20/21 Board of Selectmen and Board of Education Budgets. Under Executive Order No. 7HH, the Board of Selectmen, as the budget making authority of the municipality, will be voting on the proposed General Government and Board of Education budgets, as well as the Capital Project Budget and appropriations on June 9th.  There will be a virtual Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 26, held via Zoom. Members of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education will be presenting their budget proposals and answering resident questions. Information on how to participate is below and is on the town website at www. voluntown.gov. 

We are facing a challenging next couple of years financially. We are anticipating fiscal year 21/22 budget to be even more challenging as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are far reaching.  

Sincerely, 

Tracey Hanson
First Selectman 

Proposed FY 20/21 General Government Budget and Capital Improvement Program Budget 

Town Government Budget 2020-21 Revenue

Town Government Budget 2020-21

Capital Projects budget 2021

Budget Presentation FY 20-21

Public Hearing BOS & BOS Video

Note: The Capital Improvement Program Budget is funded from the undesignated fund per the Town of Voluntown General Fund Balance Policy. It is not included in Government Budget and is not included in the mill rate.

To view the Board of Education Budget, visit their website page.

Capital Improvement Program 2020-2025, passed by BOS on 5/7/19

Audit Reports (at the top of the page- see Entity- put Voluntown, for Type choose Municipality, click on Refine)

 

PUBLIC HEARING MAY 26, 2020 AT 7:00PM

The Public Hearing on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education Budgets for Fiscal Year 20/21 will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via Zoom and livestreamed on the town YouTube channel which is: Town of Voluntown, CT-Government, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXdF6kZQMhDVNetgjDX2MAQ.  To submit a public comment, please send an email to voluntownwebsite@gmail.com at least one hour before the scheduled meeting time.

The public will be allowed to attend the meeting via zoom in listen only mode.  If you wish to make a comment during the hearing, see instructions below. Public comments and questions will only be done during the Public Comments portion on the Agenda

Zoom instructions Dialing in by Phone only:

1. Please call: 1-929-436-2866

2. When prompted for participant or meeting ID enter: 835 4260 8299 then press #. Password 5880#

3. You will then enter the meeting muted. During Public Comment if you wish to speak press *9 to Raise your hand if you called in. The host will then let you know when you its your turn to speak.

Joining in Computer:

Please go to the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83542608299

1. When prompted for participant or password: 5880 then press #.

2. Only if your computer has a microphone for two way communication, then during Public comment if you wish to speak press Raise Hand in the webinar control. If you do not have a microphone you will need to call in on a phone in order to speak. The host will let you know when it’s your turn to speak.

BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

I. Welcome from the First Selectman 

II. Introductions  

III. Board of Selectmen- Budget Presentation 

IV.  Board of Education- Budget Presentation 

V. Public Comments and Questions 

VI. Adjournment