Mexico has new operating budget
MEXICO -- Going to the polls for a second time, voters approved 10 of 11 budget articles on July 30 to provide an operating budget for the town.
Some 300 residents went to the polls to vote on the 11 articles defeated at the first referendum vote on June 11. This time, the one article not approved, by 148-142, was $354,821 requested for municipal administration.
According to town ordinance, residents may only vote twice on articles that comprise the municipal budget. The $348,629 adopted for fiscal year 2012-13 will be used for administration. It is slightly lower than the defeated amount.
Town Manager John Madigan said that is because selectmen can set the tax rate and get the tax bills out to residents in a timely manner so the town will have an adequate cash flow.
Other results were Recreation, $114,974, 153-138; Public Safety, $889,030, 158-133; Health and Welfare, $98,349, 160-132; Social Services, $2,250, 172-120; Public Works, $744,899, 173-118; Mexico Public Library, $66,271, 151-134; debt service, $348,215, 169-115; unclassified/miscellaneous, $69,847; transportation to Holy Savior School, $250, 149-137; and up to $100,000 to go toward the purchase of a 2002 custom pumper, 156-130.
Madigan said the budget is $2,968,182, down $11,500 from the budget approved for fiscal year 2012-13. The board cut $5,800 from the overall budget after it was first defeated in June. He said selectmen will decide where to make the $6,000 decrease in the municipal operation amount at a meeting later in August.
The tax rate will remain the same for 2013-14 as it was for last year, which is $25 per $1,000 valuation.
Madigan said selectmen will set the tax commitment by the end of August, then residents will receive their tax bills. The first half of property taxes will be due without penalty in October. The second half will be due in March.