Wallingford Town Council to meet this week about veto of its budget
WALLINGFORD — After Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. vetoed the amended 2021-22 municipal budget last week, the Town Council scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss an override.
Dickinson rejected a Town Council attempt to use more of the town’s financial reserves to reduce property taxes slightly and use an Electric Division payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) for Community Pool renovations and pickleball courts.
The council passed the amended $177 million budget May 11 and Dickinson issued his veto Friday, saying in a letter that he opposed increasing the town’s reliance upon reserves for operating costs to reduce taxes.
“Our reliance upon reserves increases from the proposed amount of $6.4 million to $7.9 (million), to my knowledge the most aggressive amount of reserves ever adopted as a component of the town budget,” he said.
Under the Town Charter, the council has 10 days and must have seven votes to overturn Dickinson’s veto. If an override attempt fails, Dickinson’s original budget will go into effect when the 2021-22 fiscal year starts on July 1.
The council is scheduled to meet remotely at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting can be accessed online at www.global.gotomeeting.com/join/192017461 or by calling 1-866-899-4679. The meeting will also be live streamed at www.youtube.com/c/wallingfordgovernmenttelevision.
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