Vernon's Budgetary Voyage Could be Rough, Mayor Says

He has also issued a Newhoca directive.

As town officials begin sailing into the budgetary season, Mayor George Apel is predicting  choppy seas.

"We can pretty much control expenses," he said on Tuesday in his report to the Town Council. But then he paused and said the town could be fighting the tide and "at the mercy" of the state when it comes to revenues.

It could translate into "a tough budget season," Apel said.

Apel said the departmental budgetary review process began on Monday and will continue this week and next.He said he would like to finish up "before the beginning of the year," so he can "take a second pass" at the budget.

In his report, Apel said the Festival of Trees at Town Hall was a "huge success" and raised $450 for the Community School program at Maple Street School. 

Apel said administrative assistant Diane Wheelock oversaw a review of the town's Verizon Wireless account and uncovered $5,400 in savings that can be applied tonext year's budget.

Apel said that he has directed the Parks and Recreation Department to provide specific instructions on where to park and what traffic flow to use for those renting the lodge at Newhoca Park.

Residents of the Bolton Lakes area have complained abut traffic and parking during functions. Apel said the directive should take care of 90 percent of their complaints.








Mitch Sullivan December 22, 2012 at 07:30 AM
EVERY year for the past 15 years has been a TOUGH budget year..... As a town employee, I've received a 0.25% raise over the each of the last two years from the Town of Vernon, which comes out to 4 1/2 cents an hour. The rate of inflation has gone up minimum of 2 % , but the Town thought they were being generous. I'm literally having trouble feeding my kids. Word has it that the town is spending $10,000 on a town wide time clock system so that ALL town employees will be requred to "punch in" at the start of their work day.... It just seems towns don't want to invest in their prime assets anymore, their employees. Sad, really sad.
Tom December 28, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Mitch you have an option go look for another job.
meowkats4 December 28, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Jobs are very hard to find!! $10,000 being used for Time Clocks on salaried employees? What a waste of tax dollars, how much more waste is going on that the tax payers don't know about? Towns in Connecticut are really going to feel the affect of Mr. Tax and Spend Malloy's budgets cuts coming down the pike to Vernon! So we as tax payers should know what is being spent foolishly and look into ways of cutting back. Let's not let our town go crazy in spending like the State is doing with a Bus to know-where and paying with our tax dollars on unnecessary spending!
Bert December 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
We have a long way to go before you can say Vernon will "go crazy in spending!" Time Clocks are not a waste of taxpayer dollars. Maybe they're a way to make sure that we are getting our money's worth from all employees. The largest expenditure in this town is in employee salaries and benefits. This clock system will also be used for automation in payroll operations, another potential savings. Say what you will, but this mayor is as frugal as they come and if you think there is foolish spending going on, you better let him know about it! I'm a little sick of people who make wild, unsubstantiated statements without making any effort to do any research. If you think there is wasteful spending going on , prove it. Don't ask misleading questions that cast doubt without any facts. The old adage "Putting your money where your mouth is" seems to fit here.
meowkats4 December 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Don't ASK misleading QUESTIONS?????? Look Bert I don't know how close your seat is to the Mayors Office or John Wards lap, But I am a tax payer in Vernon, I would like to know more what is going on at City Hall, not just ribbon cutting!!


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