The $206.8 million budget is funded with $159.5 million from taxpayers and the rest from other sources. It carries with it a 39.93 mill rate, up from the current 38.94 rate.
For the resident with an average real estate assessment of $200,000, taxes will rise $208, from $7,788 to $7,996.
“We all worked together to keep it under a one mill increase,” said Councilman-at-Large Jack Kennelly. “Let’s move forward and hope to do even better next year.”
Councilman Harry Gagliardi gave credit to Finance Director Sal DeCola for the relatively smooth budget season.
“He is one of the nicest and best finance directors we have every had in town,” he said.
The budget includes several new positions, including an enforcement officer for Quinnipiac University, a public information officer and an information and technology position.
“I know the budget is a give and take, but I think this is fiscally responsible,” said Councilman-at-Large Austin Cesare. But it’s going to continue to be a tough road as long as the town isn’t getting its share of Education Cost Sharing state grants, the former Board of Education member said.
“Unless we get additional funds, we are going to continue to see the town’s largest department continue to request additional funds,” he said. “I hope we continue to advocate our state delegation to get more ECS funds.”
As one of the Republican Minority Leaders, he thought the budget negotiations went well, Cesare said.
“We as a minority felt we were heard,” he said, “and that has not always been the case with past councils.”
The only council member to vote against the budget with Michael Colaiacova, who represents the section of Hamden where the Woodin Street fence is located.
Monday was a tough day for his neighborhood and the city of New Haven started taking the fence down, he said.
“To see the disappointed looks on their faces and then come here tonight and raise their taxes, that is like rubbing salt in the wounds,” he said.