Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vote on Middletown Budget Tonight

Tonight the Common Council votes on $137.85 million proposed budget at city hall at 7 pm. Open to the public. The Council can choose to adopt amendments. Property taxes would increase 3.3 percent under Mayor Dan Drew's proposed spending package who raise property taxes 3.3 percent . The proposed budget also would fund the school board at $75.55 million, an additional $3 million over last year.

Last year the Republican minority presented an alternative budget which was defeated 10-2. Republican Council Minority leader Phil Pessina has already made statements to the media  at the Mayor's presentation of the budget, endorsing the Mayor's budget as proposed.

Also in Common Council news, last week the council voted to accept Mayor Drew's nomination of Democrat Carl Chisem to replace Democrat Michael Johnson on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Johnson is leaving the board because he is moving out of Middletown. Chisem had served on the commission in the past.

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