Town Council mulls 5.9 percent tax increase

Town Manager Maryanne Crawford presented a hopeful and positive attitude when presenting the proposed fiscal year 2022 municipal budget for the Town of New Shoreham to the Town Council at its meeting on March 17. It was the first budget work session and focused on department-level budgets and the eight-year capital plan.
Crawford said: “As we wrap-up fiscal 2021, we see a hopeful end to the pandemic and the start of a new chapter of what we all hope is back to ‘normal.’ The Fiscal Year 2022 budget offers a new chapter and positive changes to the Town of New Shoreham.”
“The proposed operating budget is $16,560,516, a $1,244,306 increase and an 8.1 percent increase from last year. The proposed tax levy increase is 5.9 percent. Both reflect a town that is growing very fast in many challenging directions simultaneously. Also, the originally proposed budget for fiscal 2021 included a 5 percent budget increase, and was reduced to 2.3 percent due to the pandemic. A number of items included in the budget were deferred and presented in the fiscal 2022 budget.”
By state law, the tax levy increase is limited to four percent, so the 5.9 percent

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