Roundup: 2012-13 Budget Vote Tuesday

Don't forget to vote today.

Brookfield voters have been asked to go to the polls today, Tuesday, May 15, to vote on a $56,769,000 budget for 2012-13. The proposed budget represents a 2.63 percent increase in spending and a 2 percent increase in the mill rate, though, due to the revaluation, two-thirds of resident will not see an increase in their tax bill.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at (HHES) and (BHS). Contact the Registrar of Voters with any questions about the ballot or where to vote.

On a split vote, 2-1, in early March the to the Board of Finance (BOF), who before after .

The BOF also , hoping to gain added information if the first proposal were to fail. The BOS chose to to the Annual Town Meeting, which .

Brookfield residents have weighed in on Brookfield Patch, both in and in our Local Voices section, with blogs , and . Plus, asking residents to support this budget.

Be sure to vote today and check back with Brookfield Patch tonight as the numbers come in.

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Rob Gianazza May 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
At a recent Town Meeting at BHS, Mr. Lasser explained to those in the audience that IF your home LOST 20% of it's assessed value, you would most likely get a tax decrease in your HOMEOWNER taxes. Please bear in mind that your personal property taxes will not see this same decrease, in fact they may increase if the value of your used vehicles did not depreciate significantly. If you are a local business owner and your business did not depreciate as fast as your home did, you will be bearing a greater portion of the tax burden as well. Before you go to the polls, it is important to know all the details, not just the sound bites. Please be an informed voter, and please vote.
Victor Katz May 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Bottom line is: PLEASE VOTE TODAY!
Dave Abernethy May 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
"The budget is below the rate of inflation". But, today, the inflation rate is reported as ZERO. Because annual tax increases have not supported the value of your homes, 2/3 of residents will not see an increase in property taxes. That means that 1/3 of residents will bear the full tax increase. Better hope it's not you!
Victor Katz May 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
!BROOKFIELD VOTES TODAY! Aaron, do you have a mid-day update on the Poles?
Aaron Boyd May 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
What timing, Victor — just posted the noon turnout numbers: http://patch.com/A-trw1.


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