Willington is a small rural town in northeastern Connecticut. We are located 20 miles east of Hartford on I-84. Willington is predominantly residential in nature but has a shopping center, a major travel stop, and is only a couple of miles from the UConn main campus.
Normally at this time of year our Connecticut State legislature has passed a budget with clear funding commitments to our town. This is not the case this year. Not only has funding and grants to Willington been cut, we are now expected to pay a portion of the teacher pension cost as well.
Our town is also facing decreasing revenues due to property value assessment reductions attributed to foundation defects.
Despite this gloomy news on the revenue side, we are holding spending to less than the inflation rate where possible, and applying reserves we have saved during good times. Still, our mil rate will be increasing from 27.73 to 30.09.
The Willington Board of Finance members are taxpayers too and this 8.5% increase is concerning to us. In the short-term, we are reviewing all discretionary spending. Longer-term we will be working with the Selectmen, Public Works, Fire Departments, and the Board of Education to review all areas of operation to see if there are any opportunities for savings by consolidating, doing things differently, or outsourcing. Everything will be reviewed and changes made where it makes sense. There will be several public meetings throughout the summer and fall to address this and we hope our taxpaying residents will participate.
Please check our town website for meeting dates and times and/or to look up and pay your taxes online at: www.willingtonct.org.
Willington Board of Finance