Budget Work Begins in Stonington

STONINGTON — Town officials have begun working out the FY 2013 budget, but it’s too soon to tell how it will compare with the current year.

A big chunk of the budget is education expense. The town will not get next year’s proposed school budget until June.

The Stonington Selectmen and Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris pored through a chunk of municipal revenues and expenditures from FY 2012 at the board’s regular weekly meeting Jan. 7.

They discussed where cuts could be made — legal services and recording fees — as well as what budget lines needed to be increased and health insurance.

One line the town left with a question mark is payroll taxes thanks to upcoming federal tax changes.

The board will continue its budget work at its regular weekly meeting Monday, Jan. 14.

The annual Town Meeting will be held Monday, March 4. No start time has been set.

In other business, the town is still looking to hire an animal control officer, a position that has been vacant since last fall.

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Jennifer Osborn

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