Durham and Middlefield voters approved municipal budgets in their respective towns Monday evening.
On May 8, 58 percent of voters approved the Regional School District 13 budget of $36,819,319.
Durham’s education budget is $23,508,845 and Middlefield’s education budget is $12,148,247.
Voters approved a net town budget of $7,012,554, with $5,674,004 to be collected by taxation. During the meeting, the health insurance line item was reduced by $100,000.
The mill rate, to be determined, is projected at 36.94, a decrease of .64 of a mill. The Board of Finance plans to set the mill rate at its May 22 meeting.
Voters re-elected incumbent Andrew Taylor to a three-year term on the RSD13 Board of Education after a challenge by Kimberly Johansen. Voters also re-elected two members to a two-year term on the to the Durham-Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board, Don DelVecchio and Ron Capozzi.
Additionally, voters authorized the Board of Selectmen to accept any and all town aid highway funds that may be due and available to the town in the current fiscal year; adopted a five-year capital improvement plan; approved $18,800 in funding for an adaptive reuse feasibility study for the Korn School building, pending a bid award by the Board of Selectmen; adopted an ordinance allowing disposition of surplus town real estate; and adopted an ordinance authorizing a temporary property tax exemption for Gold Star military parents and spouses.
Voters unanimously approved a net town budget of $16,865,130, with $14,125,230 to be collected by taxation and a mill rate decrease of .47 to 34.49.
Board of Finance Chairman Jim Irish gave a budget presentation, summarizing the changes in expenses and revenues similar to the presentation he gave to the finance board on April 26.
He said state funding continues to decline with the expectation that reductions will continue. Locally, he said, the tax collection rate is nearly 100 percent and the school board presented a net zero percent increase, both of which helped the town budget.
Voters also re-elected two DMIAAB members, Frank Petrella and Charles Zieminski.
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