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Ordinance Committee of the Stratford Town Council

April 29, 2024, NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Council Chambers of Stratford Town Hall
Public Hearing Scheduled to commence at 6:00 p.m.

Show up early to sign up to speak (5:45 p.m.) and/or come out to support speakers. Bring signs! This will be one of our last opportunities to support the Acting Superintendent’s original budget request of a 6.69% increase. The amount forwarded to the Town Council by the BOE (3.27%) will result in numerous cuts and the Mayor’s office’s proposed allowance (actually 1.68%) could result in even more. The previous opportunity to speak publicly did not have the kind of turnout that was hoped for—let’s make this one count!

ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING SHOULD CONTACT THE ADA COORDINATOR AT 203-385-4020 OR 203-385-4022 (TDD) 5 DAYS BEFORE THE MEETING, IF POSSIBLE.

ORDINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE STRATFORD TOWN COUNCIL

April 29, 2024

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Pursuant to the direction of Alan Llewelyn, Chair, the Ordinance Committee of the Stratford Town Council will conduct a public hearing on April 29, 2024 in Council Chambers of Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main Street, Stratford, CT at 6:00 p.m.

  1. AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE TOWN OF STRATFORD FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JULY 1, 2024, AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2025, AND APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $ 260,014,370 IN ACCORDANCE THEREWITH (#24-01)
  1. AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A TAX RATE (#24-02)
  1. OF 40.20 MILLS ON THE DOLLAR ON THE GRAND LIST OF TAXABLE PROPERTY IN THE TOWN OF STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT, ON THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER, 2023.
  • OF 32.46 MILLS ON THE DOLLAR (PER STATE STATUTE SECTION 12-71E) ON THE GRAND LIST OF TAXABLE MOTOR VEHICLE PROPERTY IN THE TOWN OF STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT, ON THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER, 2023.

Please see the agenda of the special meeting on page 2 for the Ordinances in full

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  • Public Testimony
  • Adjournment

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Pursuant to the direction Alan Llewelyn, Chair, the Ordinance Committee of the Stratford Town Council will conduct a special meeting on April 29, 2024 in Council Chambers of Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main Street, Stratford, CT immediately following the public hearing which is scheduled to commence at 6:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  • New Business Referred by Town Council March 11, 2024

2.1            AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE TOWN OF STRATFORD FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING JULY 1, 2024, AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2025, AND APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $ 260,014,370 IN ACCORDANCE THEREWITH (#24-01)

Sponsored by: Stratford Town Council

WHEREAS, the Mayor has prepared and submitted to the Town Council the annual operating budget for the Town of Stratford for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025, in accordance with the Stratford Town Charter; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council has given consideration thereto and has conducted public hearings in connection therewith; and

WHEREAS, the estimated amount of current expenses, permanent improvements, and other lawful charges of the Town of Stratford for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025, is $ 260,014,370.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDERED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF STRATFORD:

That the budget attached hereto and made a part hereof be and is hereby proposed as the operating budget for the Town of Stratford for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025; and

That the sum of $ 260,014,370 is hereby appropriated for the current expenses, permanent improvements, and other lawful charges for each department and each division thereof of the Town of Stratford for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025, all in accordance with the provisions of the budget attached hereto and made a part hereof.

2.2            AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A TAX RATE (#24-02)

Sponsored by: Stratford Town Council

A.  OF 40.20 MILLS ON THE DOLLAR ON THE GRAND LIST OF TAXABLE PROPERTY IN THE TOWN OF STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT, ON THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER, 2023.

  • OF 32.46 MILLS ON THE DOLLAR (PER STATE STATUTE SECTION 12-71E) ON THE GRAND LIST OF TAXABLE MOTOR VEHICLE PROPERTY IN THE TOWN OF STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT, ON THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER, 2023.

WHEREAS, the Mayor has prepared and submitted to the Town Council the annual operating budget for the Town of Stratford for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025, according to law; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council has given consideration thereto and has conducted public hearings in connection therewith; and

WHEREAS, the estimated revenues of the Town of Stratford other than by taxation for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025, are $ 59,635,475; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council has proposed an operating budget for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025; and

WHEREAS, a tax levy at the rate of 40.20 mills on the dollar on the Grand List of taxable property [excluding motor vehicle property] in the Town of Stratford on October 1, 2023, is necessary to meet the appropriations, less the estimated amount of revenue from other sources as permitted by law to be raised;

WHEREAS, a tax levy at the rate of 32.46 mills on the dollar on the Grand List of taxable motor vehicle property in the Town of Stratford on October 1, 2023, is necessary to meet the appropriations, less the estimated amount of revenue from other sources as permitted by law to be raised;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDERED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF STRATFORD:

That a tax rate of 40.20 mills on the dollar on the Grand List be and is hereby levied against all taxable property [excluding Motor Vehicle] in the Town of Stratford on the Grand List of October 1, 2023; and

That a tax rate of 32.46 mills on the dollar on the Motor Vehicle Grand List be and is hereby levied against all taxable motor vehicle property in the Town of Stratford on the Motor Vehicle Grand List of October 1, 2023; and

That said taxes shall be due and payable in two equal installments, one half thereof on July 1, 2024, and the second half thereof on January 1, 2025, provided, however, that any tax, the aggregate amount of which shall not exceed

$100.00 shall be due and payable in one payment on July 1, 2024.

  • Adjournment

1 COMMENT

  1. Why can’t they work within the budget they had last year? Why do they need an increase every year? Is there any consideration of all of us who are old and have no children in the school system. How about rolling over the additional costs onto the families that have children in the school system.If I need help because of my age and disability do I expect the rest of the town to pay for my aides?

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