Mansfield’s proposed $45 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year passed 174-100 at Tuesday's Annual Town Meeting at the .
The $45,037,040 budget – not including a $214,000 contribution to the town’s fund balance – was adopted through a paper vote following a nearly two-hour community discussion.
The approved budget was an increase of $889,900, or two percent, over the current fiscal year's budget.
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The Mansfield Board of Education's budget remained level-funded at $20,588,160.
. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, Mansfield will contribute $9.5 million.
On Monday, May 14, the town council will set the town's new tax rate.
Under the approved budget, taxes are expected to increase by 1.8 percent, or .48 mills, bringing the mill rate to 27.16.
The impact on a taxpayer with a single family home with a median value of $241,543 would be $81 in taxes, according to information provided at Tuesday's meeting.
The budget provides funding for an additional resident state trooper effective July 1, bringing the total number of troopers assigned to Mansfield to 10 - nine troopers and one sergeant. Expenditures have also been budgeted to support Storrs Center. The costs are being paid for with revenue generated from the project, according to the Town.
A resident-proposed amendment to increase the general fund transfer to the by $454,000 was ultimately not accepted by the public Tuesday. [See video]
The 274 total votes cast on Tuesday accounted for 2.67 percent of all eligible voters, according to the .
Residents now have 21 days to submit a petition to send the budget to referendum with signatures from at least two percent of the registered voters in town – approximately 206 signatures.