SCOTLAND – As extreme alternatives slowly begin to slide off the table, the Board of Selectmen presented a budget to Scotland residents Thursday at a public hearing in the face of impending state cuts.
Through theorizing state cuts and grants, the selectmen settled on a combined municipal and education budget of $5.9 million. With municipal seeing a $5,000 increase and education a $135,000 decrease, the budget comes in at roughly $130,000 less than last year. There would be no increase in the 38.68 mill rate.
Residents will vote on the budget this coming Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex during a special town meeting.
The town is currently operating on 25 percent of the previous year’s $6 million combined budget until Oct. 1.
The town’s proposal accounts for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed grant withdrawals and hypothesizes possible debt reassessments. Under Malloy’s executive order, the elimination of the PILOT and Pequot-Mohegan grants would kill more than $30,000 in funding for the rural town. When all is said and done, Scotland stands to lose more than $245,000 in state grant funding.
Officials said the town has also been approached by several banks on rewriting debts, though no decision has been made.
At Thursday’s public hearing on the presentation of the budget, First Selectman Dan Syme said he held no misconceptions of the proposal.
“We are presenting a flat budget but none of us selectmen are supporting it,” Syme said. “There is too much up in the air at this point since we continue to wait on firm numbers from the state. But as of now, this is where we stand.”
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