City Council is expected to adopt the at its last regular meeting of the year at 7 p.m. tonight in Town Hall.
Here are the details of that budget plan at a glance:
- The budget calls for $66.7 million in spending for 2012.
- The city’s real estate tax rate will remain at 14.85 mills. A home with an assessed value of $75,000 will again pay $1,113.75 in 2012.
- There will be a 17-percent increase in sewer rate, a raise that would cost the average customer $33.06 a year.
- There will be a water rate increase of 10.4 percent, which would cost the average city water consumer $38.40 a year.
- from the city’s workforce. Three workers – all in the Department of Community and Economic Development – are being laid off.
- One new position, a full-time youth recreation coordinator, is being added.
- The and is being renovated to become an emergency medical services facility to house ambulances and city paramedics. adopted for this year dedicated to buying a new fire pumper and building a new emergency medical services facility . The fire pumper remains part of the plan.
- Broken down by department, 24.5 percent of the budget will be spent for “general expenses,” 19.5 percent for police, 14.7 percent for fire, 9 percent on public works and 4.6 percent for elected officials.
- Broken down by category, 68.9 percent of the spending will be for personnel costs, 11.4 percent for purchased services and 11.3 percent for long-term debt.
- The budget plan calls for $13 million in spending on police, $9.8 million for fire and EMS service, and $6 million for public works.