MERIDEN — The City Council voted unanimously to set new property and motor vehicle tax rates during a special meeting Thursday night.
The vote comes more than a week after the council adopted a $208.87 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The new mill rate for real estate and personal property in the city’s first taxation district will be 32.99 mills per $1,000. The motor vehicle tax rate for the first district will be 32.46 mills.
The new mill rate in the second taxation district will be 2.03 mills higher than in the first district. So for real estate, properties will be taxed at a rate of 35.02 mills per $1,000.
The new mill rates represent decreases from their current rates, which is 40.86 mills for properties located in the first district and 43.53 mills for properties in the second district.
Councilor Yvette Cortez, who chairs the finance committee, made a motion to adopt the mill rate. The motion was seconded by councilor Nicole Tomassetti.
Cortez made the only remarks prior to the council’s unanimous vote.
“I want to thank everybody for all the work they did to put together this budget...we were able to get the (mill rate) down as low as we could, and we were still able to fully fund the Board of Education and all of the other projects that the community told us they needed,” Cortez said. “So I would recommend adoption.”
Last week, the council’s vote to adopt the $208.87 million budget was made across party lines — with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans, joined by We the People Councilor Bob Williams Jr., voting against.
Only a few residents addressed the council on Thursday prior to its vote on the new mill rate.
Michael Rajewski criticized the fact that the budget increases spending.
“We heard nothing about line item cuts through the whole process,” Rajewski said. “There’s no layoffs.”
Rajewski said he is concerned about the budget’s impact on residents whose incomes are fixed.
The vote follows a lengthy state mandated revaluation of properties across the city.
According to previously shared figures, the average residential property saw an increase of 35% in its assessed value. However, officials stated bills for the average taxpayer would not increase substantially, given the reduced mill rates.