It’s a Beautiful Day for a Budget Vote: A Quick Recap for TODAY’s Wilton FY 2020 Budget
“Anyone who thinks he’s too small to make a difference has never been bit by a mosquito, I’d tell people.” –Jeanette Walls
Voters have already turned out! Don’t miss the opportunity to cast your vote on the town’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020. This important vote impacts YOU. It will determine how much property owners will be taxed and how the town will spend the tax dollars that you pay. Please be sure to stop by Clune Auditorium at 395 Danbury Road, TODAY, between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. YOUR vote counts!
Who is eligible to vote?
•All registered Wilton voters.
•All resident and non-resident owners of real property, or a motor vehical, valued at $1000 or more on Wilton’s last completed grand list.
•Voters must be US citizens and at least 18 years of age.
What’s in Wilton’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget?
Wilton’s Board of Finance, comprised of Jeffrey Rutishauser (Chair), Walter Kress (Vice-Chair), John Kalamarides (Clerk), Peter Balderston (Member), Stewart Koenigsberg (Member), and Cecilia Maher (Member), has proposed a Total FY 2020 Operating Budget of $126,787,380 with a mil rate of 28.5372 (an increase of 1.24% from last year).
The breakdown of the budget is as follows:
Wilton FY2020 Total Operating Budget: $126,787,380
•Total Board of Selectmen Operating Budget: $33,501,999
•Board of Education Operating Budget: $81,876,563
•Debt Services: $10,153,497
•Charter Authority: $1,255,321
In addition to the FY2020 budget, you will be asked to vote on the following four bonding questions for improvements to public properties. While the budget automatically passes if voter turnout is less than 15% according to Wilton’s Charter, the bonding questions regarding the projects below will pass by a majority of votes received.
Four Bonding Questions:
•$350,000 for Town Hall Roof Replacement to remove and replace 10,000 square feet of the Town Hall’s five roofs, which received a “fail” classification based on nearly 80% of the installation being identified as “wet”. The replacement roofs have an expected life of 30 years.
•$600,000 for School District Roof Replacement Program to replace two sections of the high school roof and an area of the Cider Mill roof. Solar panels will be placed on the high school roof after the roof’s completion.
•$1,300,000 for Bridge Replacement Program at Lovers Lane, Arrowhead Road, and Sugar Hollow Road. These roads have beeen identifed by the state as being in poor condition. Funding for this program is available through a CT Department of Transportation grant. In order to receive this funding Wilton must apply for the grant with its committed estimated contribution of $1,300,000. The federal government will fund 80% of design and construction costs; CT DOT will fund 20% of the design and contract administration costs; the Town of Wilton is responsible for $1,300,000.
•$3,398,150 for Road and Parking Lot Restoration to restore, repair, and repave, 15 miles of road as well as the parking lot at Cider Mill.
Below, for your preview, is a link to the sample ballot ATM 2019 https://www.wiltonct.org/registrar-voters/files/sample-ballot-atm-2019
Be seen. Be heard. VOTE! See you at the polls.