2014 – 2015 Budget Update – 5/13/2014

Posted by Bob on May 13, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

Naugatuck’s Board of Finance has been reviewing departmental budgets in preparation for the 2014 – 2015 Borough budget.  The proposed budgets for each department can be viewed at the following links in Microsoft Excel format.  Column F represents the amount approved for the 2013 – 2014 budget; Column H represents the amount requested by the respective department head or representative; and Column I represents the initial recommendation of the Board of Finance.

The budgets previously linked above in Microsoft Excel format may be viewed below in .pdf format.

All budgets at this point in the process are preliminary and subject to change as the process continues.  It is very likely that additional cuts will be made before a proposed budget is presented at public hearing, currently scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, 2014 (Day after Memorial Day).  The current budget calendar has been revised slightly, and can be viewed here.  All budget hearings are open to the public, and comment is encouraged at the public hearing.  Tonight’s (5/13/2014) budget hearing will review changes to the Naugatuck Visiting Nurses Association budget, and contain final reviews of both the education budget and municipal budget before presentation next Monday (5/19/2014) to the Joint Board of Finance and Mayor and Burgesses.

It is the responsibility of department heads and/or agency representatives to provide the Board of Finance with an accurate reflection of what they believe is needed to operate their respective department or agency. Unfortunately revenue is limited each budget year to meet such needs.  What often results at this stage of the process is requests for increases in funding well above the previous year’s expenditures for many departments.  While the media may occasionally reference such a significance increase in a particular department, budget presentations and initial recommendations are in their early stages.  All recommendations after initial presentation are still subject to additional scrutiny in the form of a final review by the Board of Finance, an initial approval of the Joint Boards of Finance and Mayor and Burgesses (“Joint Boards”), and the presentation of a proposed budget at public hearing before final adoption by the Joint Boards.  Some numbers in various line items at this stage of the process are nothing more than place holders until more information is obtained.

With the exception of the Board of Education budget Tri-Boards’ (Board of Education, Board of Finance and Board of Mayor and Burgesses) meeting, all budget hearings are generally held in the Commissioners Corner, Fourth Floor of Town Hall (229 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770), beginning at 6:30 PM.  The Public Hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:30 PM; will be held in the auditorium of City Hill Middle School (441 City Hill Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770).  All budget meetings are open to the public, but comment is reserved for the public hearing.

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