Madison Voters Pass Town, School Budgets

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Madison Voters Pass Town, School Budgets


Carlin, Sean, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


MADISON » Residents Tuesday passed both the town and Board of Education budgets.

The final vote for the town budget was 562 to 427 and the education budget was 573 to 416.

The town's fiscal 2015 budget -- previously described by First Selectman Fillmore McPherson as a "no-fat budget" -- is set at $23.2 million, a 4.9 percent increase over the current $22.1 million budget approved by voters last year.

Among other increases, the Board of Finance recommended numerous increases in capital project funds, including the communications equipment capital fund, which would rise by $150,000 as part of a long-term project.

Town officials said they believe they put together a responsible budget.

"If we cut any more, services would be affected," McPherson said.

The Board of Education's 2014-15 budget is set to climb just 1.2 percent, from $51.9 million to $52.5 million, according to budget documents.

Superintendent of School Thomas Scarice said there are no major increases in the budget, but five teaching positions will be cut as a result of lower student enrollment. "As enrollment has decreased, we've reduced staff," Scarice said. "We're trying to be as efficient as we can with declining enrollment."Town officials said a driver in keeping the increases to a minimum was a major decrease in health care costs. The town and Board of Education were able to save more than $360,000 combined in health insurance costs.

"We had very favorable health care numbers this year," Scarice said. "That was a real big savings for us."

At the polls, residents who voted for the budgets said they were there mainly to support the schools. …

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