Town Manager's Report - November 6th, 2017

30th Anniversary of Caring Connection

Join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Caring Connection on November 9th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 330 Windsor Avenue, the town’s unique facility that provides daytime care to frail, elderly or disabled adults while giving respite, support and peace of mind to caregivers. Appetizers and sweets will be served and the presentation and anniversary toast will take place at 6:15 PM.   For additional information please call the Caring Connection at 860-547-0251.

 

Veteran’s Day Observance this Saturday

The Town of Windsor’s Veteran’s Day Observance will be held Saturday, November 11th, from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the Council Chambers at Windsor Town Hall.  The public is welcome to attend.

 

This year’s speaker is Sergeant Daniel Parlapiano, US Army.  Parlapiano served 18 years in the Connecticut National Guard. From August 2009 - August 2010, he served in Kuwait and southern Iraq. From June 2014 - June 2015 he served in the 306th Military Intelligence Battalion in Afghanistan.

 

Currently Dan is assigned to 143rd Military Police Company.  He is employed with the Manchester Police Department.

 

In addition to the main speaker, the Windsor High School Band will perform, and Windsor Scout Troop 149 and the Windsor High ROTC will be presenting the flags.  For more information, call 860-285-1835.

 

Update on FY 2018 State Aid

Staff and I have continued to review the adopted State budget in terms of municipal aid.  There are a few new grant categories as part of the State budget.  There also are several grants that are not funded, such as the reimbursement towns have received for the mandated Elderly Tax Relief program (the town would still be required to provide the tax exemption, but would not be reimbursed.)

 

The Town Council’s May 15th approved budget assumed General Fund State Aid would be approximately $1,045,000 less than the State Aid amount in the FY 17 adopted budget.

 

The adopted State budget provides for approximately $14,580,000 in FY 18 General Fund State Aid which is $973,000 less than the FY 17 budgeted amount. Therefore, the adopted State budget provides approximately $72,000 more in aid than the amount in the May 15th adopted Town Council budget.

 

There has been an indication that the State may reinstate funding for the Elderly Tax Relief program which could increase aid from the state by $180,000.   If this were to occur, the town would receive $793,030 less in FY 18 General Fund State Aid compared to the FY 17 budgeted amount.

 

Also, there are still a few questions related to some of the smaller revenue categories (e.g. Veteran’s exemption, Disabled exemption) along with the reimbursement levels through the Special Education Excess Cost program.   At this time, I have elected to show those as level funded with the town’s FY 17 adopted budget.    

 

Please note that the State budget also calls for municipalities to now pay the rebate expenses related to the ‘Renters Rebate’ program for low income elderly and disabled residents. This adds a new annual expense of approximately $85,000 to the operating budget.   

 

The State budget also provides funding for Town Aid for Roads grants and the Local Capital Improvements formulary grant program