Proposed Budget Boosts Taxes 2%
Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. releases the proposed 2013-14 budget for Barrington; it goes now to the appropriations committee.
A proposed Barrington budget for the next fiscal year shows a 2 percent tax hike.
Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. released the proposed 2013-14 spending plan on Monday to the Town Council and the Committee on Appropriations. It totals $59.83 million or a 1.68 percent boost in spending over this year.
The spending plan shows a $16.7 million municipal operating budget – or .59 percent higher than this year.
“Continuing the strong cost-effective delivery of municipal services is a credit to strong leadership and quality employess,” said the town manager.
The plan shows a local share for school spending of $42.2 million – or 2.57 percent higher than this year.
“School expenditures are not subject to the manager’s review,” DeAngelis said. “Therefore, 70 percent of this budget is not subject to review by the manager or Town Council.”
The proposed capital budget is $926,000 – or $169,500 less than this year.
There was a reappropriation of $350,000 from the fund balance last year, however, said DeAngelis, to partially offset this expenditure.
DeAngelis said the 2013-14 budget is limited by a state tax cap of 4 percent. As calculated by the finance director, school spending could increase by $1.64 million and municipal spending could increase by $585,000.
Both proposed increases are under the tax cap -- $1.05 million for the schools and $98,024 for municipal spending, DeAngelis said.
The owner of a property valued at $300,000, the town manager said, would pay, thus, about $111 more with the proposed spending plan -- $5,511 versus $5,400.
DeAngelis also listed some municipal budget highlights in the memo to the Town Council and COA. Among the highlights:
All municipal contracts have been negotiated and ratified through June 30, 2016.
Police and firefighters will receive 2 percent pay increases each year; DPW workers and dispatchers will receive a 2.5 percent boost in year one, a 2 percent boost in year two and 0 percent in year three. The new contracts eliminated Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) for new hires.
Non-union Barrington workers will get a 2.5 percent boost this year; negotiations for a new teachers’ union contract have just gotten underway.
The proposed budget incorporates a new Municipal Court.
The cost of medical insurance is up 3.7 percent.
Pension costs are up 7.34 percent.
The proposed budget does not include a 10-year road improvement bond of $2 million or a bond for the cost of replacing or renovating the middle school – estimated at $36 million to $39 million.
New positions that were considered but not included in the budget, said DeAngelis, are a police resource officer, a police accreditation officer and a director of technology.
DeAngelis also did not include cash support for The BAY Team, the prevention coalition, which is funded primarily by federal and state grants. Barrington provides office and staff support.