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Updated: Mayor: Budget of $81 Million Would Increase Average Dollar Value of Taxes by 2.41 Percent

The mayor released the budget books on Tuesday.

Mayor George Apel on Tuesday released to the public his budget proposal for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The $81.34 million budget represents an increase of 2.59 percent. Projected tax revenue from $1.7 billion Grand List would total $57.8 million, forcing the tax rate to increase by 4.15 mills to 34.05 mills if the budget were approved by the Town Council with no changes. The current tax rate is 29.90 mills.

In terms of the actual impact on the wallet, after all revenue  and revaluation are factored in, Apel said the average increase would be 2.41 percent.

"As far as I am concerned, the mill rate is an mathematical figure," Apel said. "The tax impact could be 2.41 percent on average. That's the figure that matters."

Here is a quick breakdown:

• General Government - $26.5 million, a 3.98 percent increase.

• Total Capital improvements/debt service - $6.3 million, a 1.53 percent increase.

• Education - $48.4 million, a 1.98 percent increase.

Budgetary summary sheets are attached.

Mark Kalina March 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Something to check on and consider. Are the bonus' contractual obligations? I think they just might be. With that in mind, teachers are not the only ones who deserve or should get raises. Not that we have a lot to give away to begin with... LOL
Nancy Krupienski March 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Bert they are actually listed as a line item in the budget under the departments that are destined to receive them. I will try to post them later, as I have to help the kids with homework now and have a lacrosse meeting later. The people who typically receive a merit bonus are individuals who are already at the top of their pay scale. I am not sure who decided on the bonuses before and how much people would receive. If someone were to be awarded a bonus, I would think their immediate supervisor would recommend them as a candidate, and I think it would have to tie in with a job performance evaluation at the time. I don't think it should ever be casually given without documentation. I'd love to say to you "Hey Bert! Nice talking with you on the Patch. Here's $5,000!" We can dream....LOL
Bert March 15, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I'll take it!
Nancy Krupienski March 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Bert...if you look under each department you will see specific items outlined for merit pay. Now "performance pay" is another category that has no line item, and has no listing where the money comes from. If you look under Tab 3 comparison by object code for 51083. There is also 6500 in the contingency fund for merit pay so they can slide that money around to dole out bonuses as well. More money can also be found to give bonuses hidden in contract negotiations so there is another way to slide in a few hundred or a few grand. There really is no specific account to see where this money magically appears from. On a side note...one program I can highly recommend within the school system is the Rockville High School Nursery School Program. My middle guy has attended the 3 year old program and is in the 4 year old program. My almost 3 year old will attend in the fall. A win win situation, an affordable preschool option, and the high school kids get hands on experience. Patricia Goff and Sara Jane Reilly do a wonderful job supervising the students. There are some wonderful parts to our school system. Hopefully with everyone working together we can pull out of this hole.
Bert March 17, 2012 at 01:02 AM
This will have to be explained in detail during the budget hearings.It is very ambiguous. I doubt very much that we are talking about "a few hundred thousand" though. From what I gather, these bonuses are for those employees not affiliated with a union and therefore, don't get mandated raises like so many others do. I think it is incumbent on the administration to treat those folks equitably even if we are not mandated by a contract to do so. I am going to wait for more information before making a judgement on this.

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