Post has it wrong in budget coverage

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am writing to correct last week’s front page Greenwich Post story that described the first selectman’s proposed 2013-14 town budget.

Your paper, as did other media outlets, cited the proposed town budget amount at $382 million with an associated growth rate of 3.86% over last year’s 2012-13 town budget.

Neither the amount nor growth rate stated for the 2013-14 town budget is accurate.

The town documents specify that the $382 million is not the town budget, but rather represents the amount of money to be raised (mostly through property taxes) for a large part of the town’s budget.

The actual total amount proposed to be spent by the town in 2013-14 is $426 million, which represents a 5.5% increase over last year’s 2012-13 budget of $404 million. The difference is the $44.5 million in debt that pays for the remaining spending not covered by property taxes and other revenues.

Most interesting is that virtually all the media outlets, including the Greenwich Post, last year reported the accurate $404 million budget, inclusive of the spending paid with debt.

Let us hope going forward your reporting provides the accurate $426-million town budget amount that impacts both the current and future Greenwich taxpayer.

Lucia D. Jansen
Greenwich

The author is a Representative Town Meeting member from District 7 and is on the Budget Overview Committee.

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