Naugatuck Gets a Peek at Proposed Mill Rate

Naugatuck officials send $111.4 million budget to a public hearing.

A budget that will be sent to the public for review would bring the tax rate to 45.26 mills, up from 33.55 mills.

The reason for the large increase is because of a state-mandated revaluation of property values completed last year that saw real estate property values drop 26 percent on average, with residential property dropping 29.1 percent on average. Because of the drop in property values, borough officials say the tax rate (or mill rate) needed to be increased to collect the amount of taxes necessary to run the borough.

The average house in Naugatuck was assessed last year at $171,000, according to the Naugatuck Assessor’s Office, which says the average house has now dropped to $120,000. In the current fiscal year, the average homeowner paid $5,737 in real estate property taxes based on the current tax rate of 33.55 mills. If the current proposed 2013-14 budget is adopted, the average homeowner would pay $5,431, or $306 less than the average homeowner paid this year.

The increased tax rate, however, means that in all likelihood, most people will see a significant increase in automobile taxes. Commercial property owners are also likely to see a significant tax increase as those values went down just 3.8 percent on average in the revaluation.

The tax rate of 45.26 mills is based on a combined town and school budget of $111.4 million, an increase of 3.54 percent, which was approved Monday night. The net increase in tax rate – what the increase would be had there not been a revaluation – is 1.29 mills.

The joint boards debated the budget for several hours Monday night hoping to get that number to a manageable level. The boards cut $830,268 from the municipal portion, bringing that to $51.82 million, up from $49.51, a 4.67 percent increase.

The joint boards did not cut anything from the proposed $59.58 million school budget, which represents a $1.5 million, or 2.58 percent, increase.

A significant cut made from the budget Monday night was the removal of a . That money was in the police department's budget. 

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at City Hill Middle School, 441 City Hill St. During that meeting, Naugatuck taxpayers can give their opinion about local spending to government officials. The boards will meet later that week to discuss the comments, possibly make changes based upon those comments and then set the budget and mill rate. Once that is set, the public has two weeks to petition to force a referendum or the budget goes into effect, per Borough Charter.

Editor's Note: Please note that not all residential property owners will see a real estate tax decrease. What I have posted in paragraph three looks at the averages per the assessor. Tax collector Jim Goggin notes that if your assessment went down more than 25 percent, you probably will pay less in real estate taxes. If it did not, you probably will pay as much or more as you did in the current fiscal year. 

SuperDave May 08, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Igor, the golf course is not "failing". The golf course is the only town owned open space that actually brings in revenue. Using your logic, we should close all other parks, ball fields, etc. since they "fail" as well, as those bring in ZERO dollars but we pay to maintain them.
pat May 08, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Should we bring our pitchforks?
blah blah blah May 08, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I'm also interested in the answer to DD's question. Anybody? Paul?
brutus May 08, 2013 at 06:13 PM
even if this is possible, it wouldn't do anything. the point is that the town sets a budget of $111 million, and the money needs to be raised one way or another. so whether it's a total mill rate of 45 or a split 25/55 car/house mill rate, you'll be paying the same. and if you think you will save if you're a renter, guess again, because your rent will go up to cover the increase in taxes. the solution is to cut spending.
Mr Mike May 08, 2013 at 06:27 PM
When is a 4.67% increase in Municipal Spending and a 3.54 increase in Education Spending considered reducing expenses/spending? Why, when you live in Naugatuck, of coarse!!! Maybe the taxpayers ar not making themselve clear; what we want is for the new Budget to be Less, when all is said and done, then last years. In case math is not your best subject, all you various Board Members, that means that for every $1 spent last year, we want you to only spend $.90 or less this coming year. This is whats called Reducing Spending!!! Got it now?.
Vox Populi May 08, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Mr. Mike, the Ed Dept budget increase is 2.58% per the article above. The total tax increase (municipal and Ed budgets together) is a 3.54% increase.
Pays Attention May 08, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Mr. Mike – Every one of those Board Members putting together and proposing that budget are Taxpayers. I don’t think math is the issue here. I think it’s a lack of understanding on the non-participating taxpayer’s end. I’m sure there are still cuts out there to be made, but not nearly to the extent you’re indicating. If you are trying to lose weight you can cut off a leg, but I don’t recommend it.
mf May 09, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Mr. Mike you are correct. You can go to Dept. Heads and ask for multible budgets. One with a 20% reduction 10% and no reduction. You could also ask for a wish list from each Dept of what they would like for the next fiscal year. I laugh at posters like Pays Attention you think they are really that much smater than everyone else. Hence the " Pays Attention" monkier.
D.Hawkins May 09, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Here's some of the propose cost to taxpayer for 2014 (From Bob's Blog)- Overtime grabbed my attention... Expenses 2013-2014 Proposed Advertising Total $17,113 Building Maintenance $12,500 Car Allowance $19,000 Cleaning Supplies $9,300 Clothing/Uniform allowance $201,065 Conference/dues $29,000 Copier/ printer $14,683 Department Supplies $40,625 Educational Increments $24,000 Electricity $184,700 Employee Retirement $124,457 Gas/ Oil/ Utilities $334,600 Heating $78,640 Overtime Total $1,624,062 Postage $63,674 Printing $10,320 Regular Payroll $12,699,402 Retirement Payout $60,754 Supplies for Coputer/Copier $17,788 Telephone $132,811 Utilities $30,700
brutus May 09, 2013 at 12:44 PM
when I said cops made a CEO's salary for standing guard at a parade, that wasn't a throw-away comment. I was serious. Cops I know in town think it's just as ridiculous as I do. and I don't blame the mayor because these idiotic contracts and agreements were made long before Bob Mezzo and other officials came into office. But whoever is in office now needs to take the reigns and FIX THIS MESS.
Vox Populi May 09, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Brutus, that is exactly what they are trying to do, but everyone wants instant gratification. Over the past two years both the police and fire department pension programs were changed to 401K type programs as I understand it. However as part of the negotiations to do so, early retirements were what the unions wanted. So I believe a quarter of both forces have retired in the past year and a half. Given that contracts have minimum staffing clauses and both police and fire need to go through training programs you can't just staff up. Hence there has been a lot of OT this year and next year until they are fully restaffed. The benefit is that our pension obligations will start declining over time, not immediately. That is the reality of fully funded pension obligations. Fiscally I believe this is prudent as the pension obligations and underfunded pensions are what is bankrupting cities in California today.
Pays Attention May 09, 2013 at 04:40 PM
No mf, I have never said our public officials were smarter, just much better informed. And the comments made about going to Departments Heads and asking for various levels of funding and wish list assessment is what the budget process is about. That’s what the Monday night (Open to the public) meetings are for. So in keeping with my point, how many have you attended mf? I believe that there have been around a dozen not including the Board of Education’s numerous budget prep meetings. Have you gone to even 1? It's OK to turn your frustration and lack of insight on me, it seems to be your MO anyway, but that’s not what solves problems. Knowledge, experiance, dedication, and most importantly participation would probably serve you and our fellow taxpayers much better.
Pays Attention May 09, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Igor - Sorry for not responding. I made a comment yesterday that SuperDave said it well, but it is still stuck in pending. Not ignoring you. There is alot to be said about not allowing large parcels of open space to become available for potentially damaging and cost creating residential developement.
Ken Hanks May 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
@Vox, Next year up to a quarter of the FD is eligible to retire (20 years or more of employment). Of the two fire department retirements this fiscal year, only one took advantage of the early retirement option; he had 24 years instead of the 25 for a full pension. The new pension plan went into effect last December for union members. For the next fiscal year I have written commitments of retirement from a dispatcher (21 years) and a fire fighter (20 years). Two other fire fighters (29 years and 23 years) have both confirmed they intend to retire next year. The FD has 42 employees including a secretary. Of the 42, three are in the defined contribution plan, as will be any future hires. I am anticipating up to 10 retirements over the next three years.
Vox Populi May 09, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Thank you for the clarification Chief Hanks.
Lynn May 09, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Whatever happened to the group "Taxpayers in Revolt??"
Lynn May 09, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Sorry for some of you posters who pacify politicians stating their hands are tied with the Unions!!!! It happens!!! Our good ole Governor unionized my job while the actual count needed to make unionization possible was not met... Guess what suckers (greedy people who want increases when the economy is bad, high pensions, sick day pay which should not be reimbursed,etc) - its taxpayers money AGAIN that is going to end up paying for any items my coworkers state they want being health insurance, raises, paid sick time, etc. - SICKENING... By the way posters, I balance my budget! I cut financial corners where I can- I don't have cable TV, I conserve electricity and heat, etc. I also work many jobs to make ends meet. I have taken the time to stand up for what issues I believe in in my life and hope Naugy citizens get together and fight against these big increases! BALANCE THE BUDGET!!! Alex Wargo used to head Taxpayers in Revolt - I will see if he has a contact number. In the meantime, we private sector slave workers better attend the public meeting...
Nancy Sasso Janis May 10, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Thank you, Paul, for covering this meeting. Many taxpayers cannot get to every borough meeting and the media is the best way we have to stay informed. Keep up the good work!
Tony May 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Yeah, how about 80 mil. for a high school renovation, is this the reason for the tax hike?
Tony May 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM
What ever happened to the historic building across form the fire house? Lets learn from that! Look @ Hop Brook School addition, the damn thing is crumbling to peaces. What ever happened to skilled workers, artists, mom & pop stores, we need main st. Not wall st., everyday low prices means everyday low paying jobs. Let the people Vote, not the illusion of choice!
Dan May 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
The town also has USA Waste out of Waterbury picking up trash and rcy at certain Schools in Naugatuck.We have r own Trash trucks to do this service.Think of how much $$$$$$ would be saved if we serviced r schools.
Dan May 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Where's the payments to the CRRA for trash disposal
Lynn May 12, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Is the Golf Course's budget out of the red this year??? Children's parks of course are not a business operation but our Golf Course is.. I would like to learn how much money it takes to maintain our parks in Naugy....
Fr May 14, 2013 at 02:44 PM
When comparing mill rates, make sure they are up-to-date. Most of the mill rates I see here are last year's (GL2011). When a town does a reval (as Naugatuck, Waterbury and about 30 other CT towns did) the mill rates will change drastically.
Fr May 14, 2013 at 02:47 PM
You mean the "Revolting Taxpayers" group? The one that NEVER saw a tax increase for anything they didn't hate...except if it was for anything to do with the Senior Center or senior citizen programs....then increases were OK.
Pat D May 16, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Naugatuck, simply amazing. Spend, spend, spend and for what? No crime? Great Schools? Police,Teacher, public employees and fire fighters out in every neighborhood and getting to know the community. What do we get for our money, nothing! My house devalued more than $100k and I'll be lucky to find a buyer because the budget has DOUBLED in 13 years. I'll be lucky to get out without being under water. Moving to Shangri la, new schools, fire and police, teachers who stay after school to help kids because they care and are happy to have a job. Less of the attitude "it's about me" and more "about the community". Housing cheaper and all brick, taxes at a maximum are $1000 on a $100,000. And by the way if taxes go up more than 2% there is a mandatory vote. That is accountability.
Lynn May 17, 2013 at 05:45 PM
FR - so are you claiming Taxpayers in Revolt were somewhat "slanted" in their fights for smaller tax increases, and only trying to get revenue for certain town entities? Are you aware of how little funding our senior center gets from the town? Perhaps you should speak with our senior centers director to get more info! I feel our senior citizens have "paid their dues" in life and could use whatever small breaks they can get in our town! Please go visit Oxford or Prospect's senior center along with a few others and then post if you feel Taxpayers in Revolt was asking too much for more money towards our senior center.... And our town cannot seem to be able to balance a budget!
Naugatalk May 25, 2013 at 08:16 AM
To sum it up folks we are electing meatheads to run our town! Next election say to yourselves do i want these same people voted in again? If you say yes you are paying dearly for that major mistake! It seems like majority of Naugatuck voters are doing so with blinders on! Wake up people . Mr Obama said Change is good. So lets see it happen here in our home town! I am tired of seeing our town slowly go down hill . We need someone with the knowledge and ambition to get things moving again. It seems as though what ever good ideas are suggested gets either knocked down or never comes to be. We need to change our mindset from being negative to positive along with some real time stimulation. Naugatuck has developed an inferiority complex and that has to change! But only those who live here can help by being more positive. To the neighborhoods take pride in your homes pick up the trash others fling out the car windows. If you have an elderly neighbor who has let their property go because the find it difficult ask them if they would like someone to cut the grass...trim some bushes. It will make some one happy and make you feel great too and the bonus is the place looks good gain try it and see how it can catch on with the others in your neighborhood. I said my peace so a relaxing and enjoyable weekend ahead. Remember the men and women who serve and served in. Our military. Pray for them. Peace!
Lynn May 25, 2013 at 07:45 PM
We really need an elected official to balance a budget, or at most come up with a minimal budget increase this year due to the NHS renovations, misc unprepared expenses etc! Thanks for the info regarding the Fire Dept employee stance but why can't you interview before your "hands" are scheduled to leave for new hires to cover when your employees take retirement? Unions are still corrupt! I would retire if I had their pensions and benefits also!!!! Unions do not make enough "concessions" compared to us private sector workers pay and benefit scale...
Jesse James June 04, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Taxes are going to go up no matter what due to inflation, that is inevitable. I think the bigger picture, just my opinion, is the future for this town. Within the past decade all i have seen from Naugatuck has been Peter Paul up and move, Renaissance Place vanish, Schools closing down one by one, proposals to revitalize downtown and main streets a laughing matter.... I had a plan 5 years ago to have my kids grow up in the same house I did and go to the same schools that i did but can no longer hold that dream and only ask myself, what is being done at all to bring businesses and families to our town? More businesses and homeowners would bring our mill rate down drastically.


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