Town of Windsor encourages residents to participate in budget workshops
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
The Town of Windsor held its second 2014-2015 budget workshop on Feb. 20, to allow the residents to give their input on the budget proposal. This was the second of three workshops designed to familiarize the residents with the process of budget-making for the town.
Town Manager Peter Souza, Assistant Town Manager Emily Moon and Assistant to the Town Manager Enita Jubrey were available to field any questions or concerns residents may have had about the upcoming budget that is to be adopted the first week of April.
Due to inclement weather, there was a very low turnout for this meeting. That didn’t stop the town employees from being available to the residents. “We were hoping to get the residents more familiar with the budget process and what expenses the town encores during the year,” said Souza. “This is designed to be 'Budget 101.' We want the residents to know about the amount of receivables as well as the cost of running the town departments.”
The reason that the town budget is to be adopted in April is because the timeline follows the governor’s state budget, according to Souza. This year’s state budget is not reflecting any major changes in state aid to the town of Windsor, he said. Because of this, there are no major changes to the town’s budget as well.
There is a third and final budget workshop scheduled for March 31. This would be the final attempt to get feedback from the residents of Windsor for the proposed budget. “We have a website that allows people to play around with a town budget,” said Moon. “This is designed for people to better understand how budgets are processed. They can see what making a financial change of something like $1 million would do to the overall budget. At the end, they can see what those changes mean for each homeowner as far as their property taxes go. We encourage them to submit their final proposed budget. This allows us to see what residents see as priorities in the budget.” The website for this mock budget is http://budget.townofwindsorct.com/.
“This is the brainchild of Emily Moon,” said Souza. “This makes Windsor very unique.”
Resident John Dunn came to the workshop to learn more about the budget. “I just want to be better educated on the budgetary decisions,” said Dunn. “I just think that if I have any questions of comments, they should be said with the proper knowledge needed to make the best choice or statement. I am really disappointed that more people didn’t come to this workshop. I think it is very important for residents to know where their money is being spent.”
The town is always looking for ways to save the residents money. John F. Kennedy Elementary School and the L.P. Wilson Center both have solar panels to help offset the cost of electricity. According to Souza, Solar City has been helping the town with the task of using solar energy to help supply the electricity to the buildings.
For more information on the town’s upcoming events, go to http://www.townofwindsorct.com/.