March 18, 2008 DRAFT
The Board of Finance held a special meeting on this date at the Police Department meeting room. Members present were Glenn Frishman, Chairman; Andrew Rines, Secretary; John O’Brien; Dudley Wheeler; Bryan Bentz and Kevin Burns. Also present Town Hall, Board of Education and Police Department staff and residents.
Mr. Frishman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Tax Collector Gisela Harma provided the suspense list for members review. These are uncollectible taxes to be transferred to the suspense tax book. Mr. Frishman signed and dated the suspense list as provided.
Letter from Director of Administrative Services George Sylvestre requesting a Capital line item appropriation for the Pawcatuck and Mystic Streetscape projects. Mr. Rines made a motion to approve the appropriation in the amount of $1 for FY 2008-2009. Mr. O’Brien seconded and voting was unanimous.
Mrs. Stevens provided for the members a Budget reduction scenario, updated Revenue and a Revaluation analysis.
The current value of a mil is $3,028,436. This is a 4.97% increase. All members agreed to cut a million +.
Mr. Frishman and the members agreed no new positions should be added. The following adjustments were made
Telecommunications Cut $10,000
Labor negotiations Cut $25,000
Stonington Ambulance Cut $ 1,200
Mystic River Ambulance Cut $ 7,500
Planning & Land Use
Flood Plain Manager Cut $ 3,000
Building Inspector Cut $26,911.
Operations (Town Share) Cut $195,000
Equipment Cut $ 3,000
Human Service Director Cut $13,882.
Westerly Library Cut $ 3,872
Mystic Library Cut $ 2,992
Stonington Library Added $33,749
Stonington Historical Society Cut $ 120.00
Outside Agencies except PNC Cut $5881. (kept at 07-08)
Fencing Cut $16,000
Operating Budget Cut $300,000
Plan of Conservation and Development updates Cut $25,000
Lantern Hill Bridge replacement Cut $65,000
Recreation area paving Cut $29,600
Fire Alarm system-Edythe K. Richmond Cut $100,000
Mr. Burns and Mr. Wheeler agreed to look into the request for trucks in the Solid Waste and Highway budgets. Members also agreed to research the new positions within the Police Department.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Wheeler made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Rines seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:42 p.m.
Andrew W. Rines