Winsted budget scheduled released, town to have in-person meeting and referendum

Winsted Town Seal
Winsted Town Seal

WINSTED — At their meeting on Monday, March 1, the Board of Selectmen approved a schedule for discussion, debate, and finalizing the proposed fiscal 2021-2022 budget.
The schedule includes, tentatively, an in-person annual town budget meeting and a budget referendum.
Both were canceled last year due to the ongoing Covid pandemic and, possibly for the first time in the town’s history, the Board of Selectmen approved a town budget without a referendum.
According to the schedule, Town Manager Robert Geiger will submit his proposed budget for Fiscal 2021-2022 on Monday, March 15. The draft will be published the next day on the town’s website.
On Monday, April 5 at 7:15 p.m. the selectmen will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at the P Francis Hicks Room at Town Hall.
A second public hearing will be held at the Pearson School on Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
The annual Town Budget Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at The Gilbert School.
However, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, and depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of each scheduled meeting, the format of the meetings may change to a Zoom virtual meeting format.
At one point during the Monday, March 1 selectmen’s meeting, Mayor Candy Perez suggested the possibility of holding the meetings outside in parking lots with loudspeakers.
The proposed total budget for fiscal 2020-2021 is $34,228,000, which was an increase of $403,000 from the approved fiscal 2019-2020 budget which was $33,825,000.
The mill rate set last year is 33.54, which has remained the same for the past four years.

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