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UPDATED: New London Republicans Request Budget Information Update Before Referendum

Chairman says 2013 fiscal year budget available online is out of date

The New London Republican Town Committee has requested that the city post updated information on the , saying the document available on the municipal website is out of date.

The $42,323,256 municipal budget, which passed on June 19, will be subject of a Sept. 18 referendum vote after a . The referendum will also decide whether to overturn the mill rate - or tax levied per $1,000 of assessed value - which increases 7.5 percent from 25.31 to 27.22 under the budget. The $40,626,405 budget approved for the is not subject to the referendum.

"The budget document currently available on the city's website is insufficient to explain all the modifications made during this year's very confusing budget process," RTC Chairman Bill Vogel said in a press release. "It is impossible to have an informed electorate if the city does not provide the necessary budget details in a timely manner."

The PDF document of the 2013 fiscal year budget available on the city's website is dated April 30, reflecting the budget adopted by the City Council at the . This budget allocated $42,045,165 for the municipal budget and increased the mill rate to 27.42.

The council made more changes after . Mayor Daryl Finizio also approved by the council on the , although the council overrode the veto in order to pass a compromise budget in a 5-2 vote.

"To date, the city has not updated the budget to clearly describe all the approved settlements, transfers, and personnel changes," the RTC statement concluded. "This is vital information needed by voters to make an informed decision on the referendum."

Finizio said in a statement that the administration has been transparent during the budget process and accused the RTC of "trying to score political points." He said 13 forums on the budget have been scheduled prior to the election to field residents' questions, with the first taking place at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the .

"The IT and are working very hard on every issue, but staffing reductions in those departments have led to delays," said Finizio. "Staff has assured the administration that the updated budget will be online well before the Sept. 18th referendum."

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Buddy Lawton August 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Where is Allyn De Daryl with his outrageous spin of the facts?
John Martin August 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Did someone write a new budget since the last time the City Council had one? Was one written - or is being written - since the referendum was called for? If not, it doesn't require a 'senior analyst' to publish it as a pdf. You're not going to tell me that this budget was written long hand, are you? Certainly some sort of software was used. And if the data is stored using a program, running a print job is certainly an option. There are free pdf print spoolers out there - won't cost the city a penny. Again, Mr. Leavy, I have to assert that the longer it takes before this budget is provided for review, the more people are going to accuse the Mayor's Office of subterfuge. And the less likely it will be passed when it comes to the vote. Is that what the Mayor's Office wants?
Zak Leavy August 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@Mr. Lushay, Sue, and John, I assure you that no one is holding any information hostage and absolutely do not think the people of New London are stupid. When staff is cut to a level that is not efficient, it inevitably leads to delays. The work doesn't disappear when staff does. It just simply means that more work is being done by fewer people. Hence, the delay here. IT and Finance are working on many many issues daily which leads to delays in services. Sue, you're right the bills were always paid. The bills are still being paid. I'm not sure what you bills aren't paid? The City obviously needs to watch it's spending very carefully because we do not have a savings account like we did in prior years. @John, This Administration has been more open and transparent than ever before in City Government. Every document asked for during the budget process was given. When a $12,000,000 deficit was found it was immediately brought to the attention of the public to work towards a solution. That is what this budget represents. At 20% all services would have continued as they always have. At 7.5% there are reductions across all of City Government which means a reduction in services and staff. When people are cut from their jobs the work is now done by someone else that wasn't handling their work before. Delays are to be expected and the budget should be online well before the September 18th vote.
John Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I hear what you are saying, but I advise you to put up whatever you can as soon as you can. Things will not go well if people vote this budget down and faith in the administration is pretty low. This is not a value judgement, it is an educated observation. Just sayin'.
Buddy Lawton August 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Zak, Be real you are a young boy in an adult world. You have neither the experience nor the instinct to grasp or sift through the mess that your pal Daryl has precipitated. You and the administration are absolutely withholding information from the public. This will all backfire on Daryl and company and in just over 3 years at the most you will all be someplace else. For someone to campaign on transparency and withhold so much from the people is a lie that the people will not forgive or forget. The childish errors could be forgiven if they did not continue to occur. You will one day look back on this time in your life with the benefit of wisdom that comes with age and think WTF. So please copy and save all that has been written during this time for review in 20 years or so when you can have a hearty laugh.

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