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Council Removes $5,000 from RDA Account and Rejects Dem Proposal to add Funds to HVCC

The parks and recreation director called himself on a radio matter.

"Is there any white smoke?"

That was the quip from one town official after the Town Council decided to send an $80,599,160 budget to the town meeting and before Finance Officer and Treasurer James Luddecke could calculate a new estimated mill rate.

With the nervousness and pacing that took place during the process, it could have been even more nerve-wracking than electing a Pope.

Before getting to the bottom line, which would raise the tax rate from its current level of 29.9 mills to 33.63 mills, the council took $747,272 out of Mayor George Apel's proposal for the 2012-13 fiscal year. 

And it took nearly four hours on Monday to finish the deliberations.

Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

• $220,000 was taken out of the school board budget, based on an insurance savings of more than $290,000. A new insurance contract was recently completed. The vote was unanimous.

• Council member Thomas DiDio, a Democrat, moved that $10,000 be added to the Fire Department account for breathing apparatus. It was rejected 7-4 along party lines.

• DiDio also moved that $25,100 be added to the police account for a new vehicle. It was rejected 7-4 along party lines.

• Six Republicans voted to take $5,000 earmarked for the Rockville Downtown Association out of an economic development account. The four Democrats present and Republican Brian Motola were not in favor of the move. Democrat Michael Winkler said he "was about to commend the mayor for this," before the money was taken out.

• Democratic council member Thomassina Russell moved to put back to the $10,000 taken from the Hockanum Valley Community Council account. The HVCC runs a food pantry. Russell was visibility upset when it was rejected and vowed that residents have not heard the end from her regarding that money.    

• Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Dinnie called himself on a $650 line item to acquire new radios. The police recently donated 15 used radios to the department, so the m,one was not needed, he said.

meowkats4 April 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Save a little money, and everyone wants to spend it!!!! What is is the matter with our very own town Council?? I want, I want, each of them wants to buy something with the savings. Guess what the Taxpayers want? STOP SPENDING. Each household in this town is trying to make ends meet, we are having a hard time with the high gas prices, food, and those "Ugly" STATE TAXES we shell out daily.
carl slicer April 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
To the gift givers in the Town Council: Stop "Gifting" the taxpayer money away. Maybe the "Gifters" could go join a church Work with a whopping $300 budget, for the year, figure out how to make a difference with next to nothing for money. When the "Gifters" give away government money they make 100% off all taxpayers participate whether they approve or not. Get it! Let us decide where our own money goes. Towns people give a lot more to HVCC & other benevolent organizations. We know that HVCC is hurting. And the community (without the town government) is taking care of HVCC. Carl Slicer-

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