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[UPDATED] Town Council Passes New Town Budget

East Haven Town Council members approved the town's 2012-13 budget, with calls for a need to put aside political partisanship — and work together for the good of the town.

UPDATE at 10:15 a.m. FRIDAY

East Haven Town Council members approved the town's 2012-13 budget Thursday night with calls for a need to put aside political partisanship — and work together for the good of the town in what are still trying economic times.

The new budget — which was passed virtually unchanged from Mayor Maturo Jr's — will go into effect July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Council Comment

"I'm not sure if this is my 15th or 16th budget, but this has been the most difficult," councilmen Fred Parlato, a Republican, said prior to the board's vote Thursday.

"This is a realistic budget we all have to live with… we have to work together, we have to forget about political division and work past partisanship," he said.

Councilmen Robert Parente, a Republican, echoed Parlato's remarks.

"I truly believe that no one wore a hat that had Democrat or Republican on it," Parente said of the council's budget development process.

He added that with a $300 million loss in town grand list assets due to the town's recent revaluation, the budget is also a fiscally sound one.

"This budget is fair to the taxpayers," Parente said.

Town Council Chairman Richard Anania agreed.

"This is a good budget," Anania said.

Joseph Santino, a Democrat, said he was not able to attend all of this month's budget workshops. So, he worked closely with Town Finance Director Paul Rizza to make sure he was up to speed on the process.

"I need to thank him for that," Santino said of Rizza.

He added that this year's budget process was a "tough" one for the council.

"We really did try with this budget, we did what we could do," he said.

Paul Carbo, a Republican, said he felt the council took a "proactive rather than reactive" approach to developing the budget.

"We are all here working together as one," Carbo said.

But not all of the council members were in favor of the new budget.

Joseph Badamo, a Democrat, was the lone board vote against the budget.

"I want to know where the 17 percent roll back is," Badamo said, referring to the tax decrease reportedly promised by current during last fall's election campaign.

He then voted "No" on the budget.

Public Comment

Of the three members of the residents who spoke during public comment prior to the council's vote, only one was critical of new town budget.

Thomas Thompson, the town finance director under former Mayor April Capone, also asked council members if the budget included the tax rollback.

"This doesn't include the 17 percent roll back," Thompson told the board. "What about the roll back?"

"The mayor lied in his campaign," he said, repeating it once more and raising his voice over calls from other residents who were angered by his words.

The next to speak from the public was former longtime council member Ken McCay.

"For the first time in 13 years I'm on this side," he said, referring to his for re-election last fall.

McCay then thanked all the town council members and Town Hall staff "for creating such a frugal and realistic budget."

"One that we'll be able to live with, so we won't have to be doing a lot of transfers later in the (fiscal) year," he said.

The third and final member of the public to speak was Republican Town Committee Chairman .

"This is a good budget. All 15 of you did a good job over the past month," said. "You did what you had to do with the situation with the economy."

"The only thing I ask you to do is vote with your conscious not politically," he said. "We're all taxpayers in the town."

ORIGINAL STORY (Thursday at 9 p.m.)

After an additional two days, the East Haven Town Council approved a 2012-13 town budget of $86,708,754.

Council members also set the town's new mill rate at 30.95.

The budget and mill rate were approved by a 13-1 vote at a special meeting Thursday night at the Senior Center. Council member Joseph Badamo cast the lone dissenting vote.

The new budget represents a spending increase of 1.68 percent, or $1,433,084 over the town's . This includes an additional $500,000 — a 1.13 percent increase — for the Board of Education in the new fiscal year.

The town council's approved 2012-13 budget, which includes line item comparisons, is posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

John Mayhew April 27, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Please explain to me again; how are the taxpayers going to receive a 17% rollback on their taxes if the town just approved a 1.68% INCREASE in spending?????????
Starfishgirl April 27, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I would like to see funds set aside to create an anti-stalking task force. Police officers need training and funding which would enable them catch stalkers and authentically support victims. Stalking is a prelude to a kill.
patriot76 April 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM
OMG.........THE POLITICANS LIED TO US TO GET ELECTED AND WE FELL FOR IT..........AGAIN!. please lets try to learn from our mistakes.
Bob Fawkes April 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM
OK, Maturo got the "Rubber Stamp" seal of approval that he wanted. Now the fun begins. Let's see how these Repub's balance the budget, create surplus and cut spending. Promises, promises, promises....
Lvalente April 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM
What happened to Rollback of the last increase...Campaign Promises...empty words ... Has anyone noticed ALL the homes for sale...who can live in this town anymore.
The Republican town Committee likes to point to the reval as lowering taxes however,not all homes in East Haven saw a reduction in taxes when the reval took place. The higher Mil rate that was approved last night will have a devastating effect on those living on fixed incomes such as East Haven's Seniors and Disabled. Mayor Joe Maturo just gave residents a tax hike instead of keeping Campaign promises and rolling back taxes for everyone 17%.
Richard Poulton April 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Nobody wants any increase in taxes, which I believe we can all agree on. All politicians make statements of things they will do to get elected. This we all agree on as well. No excuses being made, but isn't it possible that this promise of a roll back of the increase Capone gave us was made before knowing the actual financial state of the town. And on that note where was the up-roar back then after making her campain promises NOT to raise taxes and she did it anyway. Is it that the party in charge making the tax increase is composed of all the complainers now. So its Ok to give a tax increase and your in power and no one screams. But if a tax increase is made by the other party, all hell breaks loose. I don't want my taxes raised. But I also don't want my services provided by my taxes to decrease either. Can't have it both ways. I don't like it but this is a fact of life, taxes pay for what we get in return. Now everybody rememeber how we got that 17% increase in the first place.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Everyone: I just updated the original article from last night to add the council and public comments prior to the board's vote. Just an FYI.
Richard, Please don't think of this as a personal attack but your logic in this case when you state "No excuses being made, but isn't it possible that this promise of a roll back of the increase Capone gave us was made before knowing the actual financial state of the town." Makes no sense and as the state of the town finances were public knowledge and therefore as a candidate Mayor Maturo should have very well known what the actual financial state was. How many people rush head first into a situation of the magnitude of holding political office without knowing all the facts of what their getting into. To place one's self into a situation such as seeking political office without knowing all the information would be fool hardy at best and at the very worst show a lack of intelligence or genuine concern by the person seeking that political office for the town and people for which the candidate would govern if they were to win. In short the action taken on this year’s budget results in just another Maturo lie which places the residents who live on fixed income such as many of our seniors or disabled residents who rely on social security in a perilous situation.
Luigi (the original) April 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It's funny, about four times a year my dog will go into heat. When she does, oh my god, she is cranky and somewhat inappropriate. So when I read these "redundant" chants of "dah.....where's my rollback....uh.. dah?" It reminds me of my dog in heat...... These clods, these political shills and hacks all know the answer, but continue to try "riling" people up. Two bad for them, that they are spinning their wheels because the public knows who raised their taxes 17% and spent like a sugar crazed juvenile. They lied about a surplus during the campaign ...... now want their cronies to scream foul!!......... this makes me laugh, they make me laugh. Thanks for the laugh.....SHILLS. ( I can hardly wait for the king of shills to chime in ).
Richard Poulton April 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
And Bob you know this for a fact that the Maturo campain had full knowledge of the towns financial situation when he made that promise. And Capone never made a promise during her elction bid she didn't keep. Something in your kool-aid Bob. Didn't she state she would not raise taxes in her second bid? Didn't she raise the taxes 17% shortly there after. Why weren't your yelling all about that? But we all know why know don't we Bob. And you yourself never made a promise to do something but just couldn't find a way? Must be nice. Same old crying from you. My God how loudly would you be screaming if to give back 17%, 4 fireman and a few cops had to be led go. Or, next winter, after a snow fall, we are told public works was reduced and we don't have enough drivers to plow the streets. Now I know you know how towns are run, money wise. Think about what we think we deserve and how is all these things we want paid for. Time to put the high horse you are on back in the barn. I am a senior on a very fixed income and I am not as worried as you. Take a guess on what my social security check is. You will be so wrong.
Flowers April 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Buddy the dog is back and safe. Thank God. He is tanned, rested and this may be the opportunity he has been looking for.
Starfishgirl April 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Forgive me in advance. I know the following request is off topic. Will someone at East Patch please publish an article about the recent CRT raid? CRT is a non-profit which takes money from the federal govt. as well as from local communities to provide assistance to those in need. Apparently CRT along with local food banks have been accepting donations of expired food products from local grocery stores. Expired can goods have little or no nutritional value. They often times smell and taste rancid. These expired food products have been found in Meals on Wheels dinners, Head Start breakfasts, and in local soup kitchen offerings. Forbes magazine has published an expose' about this widespread scam. In essense, those responsible for assisting the hungry are pocketing monies given for foodstuffs and are playing a filthy trick on the vulnerable and disenfranchised. This has the effect of destroying communities rather than rebuilding them
Bob Fawkes April 27, 2012 at 06:44 PM
All is well. Rush Limbaugh is buying a new car that gets 8 mpg.
Starfishgirl April 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
The link to the Forbes magazine article follows. http://www.forbes.com/sites/nadiaarumugam/2012/01/06/what-happens-to-old-and-expired-supermarket-foods/
Richard Poulton April 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Do you really want to do this all over again? Who cares, worried you can't afford one is that it. Stay on the story line for once in your life.
Patrick Madley April 28, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I applaud Mr. Badamo for voting with his conscious and going against the budget and not making it political. That being said, I do not follow the town budget closely at all, nor do I really care to be honest. It is a very tedious process and I want to thank ALL fifteen members of the town council and all members of the BOF for their work.
Ann Della Camera April 28, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Richard, I agree with what you have said. First there was no way for Maturo to see the books and financial status of the town, although we the people knew she was over spending and wasting money and over bonding. Maturo is doing what has to be done now that he has seen the state of affairs of our towns finainicial situation. He is preserving services that we have, and we need all that. I am sure Hoff would be the first one to cry if he had to pay a fee for his trash pick up. It will always be a democrate battle, but in the outcome, we will win again next year when more moneys are in place and the town can move forward. There was sooooo much wasted money with the last administration it was sad. So many things we did not need, like solar for the schools. when they are used a few hours a day, Yes, I heard the state paid for it, but I also heard we paid for the labor. Just give Hoff a big crying towel. .
Joey April 28, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Badamo did make it political with the " where's the 17% rollback".
Patrick Madley April 28, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Joey, that doesn't make it political... He was simply stating a fact of what was said during the campaign.
Starfishgirl April 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
The most insidious aspect of the food bank/CRT scam involves social service workers and volunteers using NLP, and passive agressive forms of communication that imply the recipient of the foul expired food is "bad" and therefore deserving of such abuse. Talk about a bunch of sadistic con-artists.
Starfishgirl April 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
This adds insult to injury to stalking victims, rape victims, children and families who have fallen on temporary hard times.
Starfishgirl April 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
May I please have my own thread to continue this topic in a congruent fashion?
Richard Poulton April 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM
If you have all the info right the story yourself. The Patch is always looking for new story's with new writers.
Starfishgirl April 29, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Patch, I presume you have my contact information. If you would like me to write a story about the recent CRT raid and food bank scams, feel free to initiate contact.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) April 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Starfishgirl: I'm going to answer this through the comments, as other readers may have similar thoughts as far as issues/events that they would like to discuss here on EHP. So, I have two suggestions for you as far as creating a post that addresses the CRT raid. 1.) You could create your own blog and begin a discussion regarding the issue via that avenue on EHP. The only thing is, we do require bloggers to post under their real names. or, 2.) You could post the op/ed piece as an announcement. See today's post on how to do that here http://patch.com/A-mz2r (it's very easy). And you can post an announcement under your current user name. So, in a sense, you can create your own topic thread through a blog post or an announcement. Then I can feature it on our homepage, as well as share it via Twitter and Facebook, as well as our morning newsletter. Any other questions, you can email me at julie.weisberg@patch.com.
Starfishgirl April 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Thank you Julie. I will be in touch.

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