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Haddam Voters: Vote May 8th on RSD #17 Education Budget

Article to encourage voter turnout at the May 8th Referendum in Haddam


Every year the largest item (73%) in Haddam’s town spending is Haddam’s share of the RSD#17 budget.  Haddam’s share of the RSD #17 budget this year 2012/2013 will be $20,918,591 which represents a 3.4% increase ($692,908) over last year 2011/2012.  This is a result of the Average Daily Membership formula that allocates the district’s total budget between the towns of Haddam and Killingworth.

The mill rate that determines the amount of town taxes that Haddam residents pay in the upcoming fiscal year will be set by the Board of Finance once the RSD #17 referendum process and the vote on the Selectman’s budget are passed.  The increase ($692,908) in Haddam’s portion of the RSD #17 can be expected to result in  0.8 mills and it could be more.

It is important that your voice be heard on May 8th in the district-wide referendum. 

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Amy Jacques-Purdy May 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
For the point of clarity and transperancy, the town of Haddam pays about 55% of the Region 17 budget because of enrollment. We have more children in the district schools so we pay a higher percentage of the total bill. The BOE passed a budget which represents a .14% increase over last year's budget request. The reason the percentage sits at 3.4% in Haddam is enrollment. Killingworth will be paying approximately $500,000 less this year than last because the Board's budget request was so low. The Board's approved budget is .14% over last year's; the lowest it has ever been. Please vote on Tuesday, May 8.

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