Tuesday, May 23, 2017

APRIL 11, 2017        

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Attendance Board of Finance:   Chairman John Grabowski, Sharon Huxley, Melissa Spear, Sally Huyser
Attendance Board of Selectmen:  First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Selectman Clark Hurlburt, Selectman Donald Shea
Chairman Grabowski and First Selectwoman Gorski called the special joint meeting of the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen to order at 7:08 p.m.  The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall.
The purpose of this meeting was to have Attorney McSherry discuss with the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen procedures to follow for the upcoming Budget Hearing and Annual Town Meeting.  
Attorney McSherry explained that the Board of Finance would present to the Budget Hearing on April 24, 2017 the expenditures and revenues as approved at their last meeting, using the latest figures from the Governor’s budget for Revenues.
The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday May 15, 2017 for the purpose of approving the Expenditures and Revenues if completed, and the Capital Expenditures.  If the total budget is not approved the meeting will be adjourned.  A new date would be set for a Special Town Meeting to complete the budget.   The State would like to standardize the mill rate for automobile tax bills to be the same throughout the State. This rate is yet to be determined.  The real estate tax bills would go out based on last year’s mill rate in July if the total budget is not complete and approved.   A supplemental tax bill would have to be sent out in January for the second half to make adjustments for the approved budget.  The Town will lose revenue for the difference between the present rate and a standardized rate for motor vehicle taxes.   Selectman Shea would like the public to know how the teacher’s pension contribution would affect the mill rate if the State of Connecticut makes the Town’s pay for it. 
Adjournment was called at 7:58 after a motion was moved by Selectman Don Shea and seconded by Sharon Huxley .  The vote taken was unanimous.
                                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                                June G. Riley
                                                                                                                Secretary, Board of Selectmen