Bethel Votes on 3.36 Percent Spending Increase Thursday

Download a copy of the budgets being proposed before heading to the polls Thursday.

Bethel voters are headed to the polls Thursday to cast their ballots on the municipal and education budgets for 2014-15, as well as a $2.4 million bond for assorted maintenance projects, vehicle replacements and saving toward the next revaluation.

The budgets proposed by the Board of Finance (BOF) total $69,338,653, an increase of $2,254,872, or 3.36 percent.

The municipal budget would increase spending by 4.73 percent ($1,031,495), from $21,791,022 in 2013-14 to $22,822,517. The education request proposed increases the school budget by 2.99 percent ($1,223,095), from $40,906,273 to $42,129,368.

The 2014-15 budget also includes $540,000 for school building maintenance, up 0.8 percent over the current year allocation, $500,000.

Along with the two budget questions, voters in Thursday’s referendum will also be asked about $2,433,145 in capital projects, itemized below.

All five polling districts will be open Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Download a copy of the budget above and check back with Bethel Patch for the results after the polls close.

Question 3 Breakdown

  • $50,000 for Assessor — Revaluation (Year 2)
  • $15,000 for Planning & Zoning — Update/reformat Regulations
  • $45,000 for Fleet Maintenance — Maintenance Truck, cab and chassis
  • $1.5 million for Highway Department — Road Construction
  • $50,000 for Building Maintenance — Municipal Center Gym Study
  • $27,145 for Building Maintenance — Replace Truck 55BL
  • $650,000 for Bethel Fire Department — Replace Engine 5
  • $21,000 for Parks & Recreation — Meckauer Park Garage
  • $40,000 for Parks & Recreation — Replace 2002 Ford (Chevy Silverado 1500)
  • $35,000 for Parks & Recreation — Tractor
Bill Hillman May 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Taxes are already too high, and this increase, once again, exceeds inflation. Another Vote No, Too High
Rick May 15, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Why $40-45,000 for trucks while other towns are paying $25,000 for Ford F350's thru state bidding.....heck, my Silverado with a lot of bells and whistles was in the 40k range
Rick May 15, 2014 at 06:45 AM
Assessors P/T Clerk Salary of $38,220....am I reading that right ?


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