PLAINVILLE — After trimming spending plans by the Board of Education and Town Manager Robert Lee, the Town Council approved a budget with a 3 percent increase that will now go to a townwide vote.
"I think with some of the adjustments we've made, I believe it's a fair budget to present to the town of Plainville," Town Council Chairwoman Katherine Pugliese said following the March 21 vote.
The $61.9 million budget would raise the mill rate by 0.88 mills to 34.72 mills, meaning a $121 tax increase for the average home assessed at $137,227. The original $62.2-million budget request would have meant a $169 tax increase.
The budget now goes to a public hearing on April 8 at Town Hall at 7 p.m., followed by a townwide vote on April 30.
The majority of the $357,000 reduction from the original increase is coming out of the Board of Education’s budget, which is being cut $221,00 to $38.3 million.
Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett said she’s confident the district can withstand the cuts, although she expressed concern about expanding the MakerSpace technology program to the elementary schools.
"I'm worried about Makerspace,” she said. “It's a great program, it is so good for our kids, but if I have to make hard decisions I really don't want to impact my Chromebook replacement cycle, I'm very dedicated to that. And I think I do need to do the facilities improvements.”
Nonetheless, Brummett said she was happy with the process and the end result.
“I think that the important thing that’s transpired tonight is a lot of collaboration, a lot of give and take,” she said. “And I think that’s the best way to resolve budget challenges.”