Danbury Approves Budget, No New Taxes
For the third year in a row, the latest Danbury Budget will not include any tax increases.
As Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo stated in an interview in April when the budget was being proposed, "I pondered about this quite a bit, put a lot of time and effort in with the city's department heads and with our finance department, who by the way did a tremendous job on the budget". Cavo also said, "It's just not the time to be raising taxes, a lot of people are struggling, being forced to work from home while their kids are in a hybrid model at school, it's been problematic for a lot of people and we wanted to make sure we took that into consideration. That's why we released a budget with a zero tax increase for the 2021-2022 budget year."
As promised the latest City of Danbury Budget remained flat with no tax increases across the board.
According to patch.com, the brunt of the 2021-2022 budget will go to Danbury Schools with a $267 million earmarked for the schools. The breakdown of the numbers show the Board of Education getting 136.9 million, other funds that will be diverted from other Federal Government sources like $5.1 million from the Elementary School Relief Fund and $38 million under the American Rescue Plan Act.
Here's a look at the changes in the education spending over the last decade in Danbury.
There were actually small increases in certain parts of the budget, with the biggest increase happening with Pension and Other Benefits going up some 7 plus percent.
Meanwhile, Mayor Cavo expressed his approval for the increase in spending for area schools.
I am proud of the accomplishments of our school system and remain confident that the budget increases of the past have set a strong foundation for its continued success.
Here's a breakdown from Danbury City Hall of how your dollar is broken down in the 2021-2022 budget.