THOMASTON — The Board of Selectmen met Tuesday, June 4, to approve a dental insurance buy-up option policy, review findings of the spring roof conditions report, review Neighborhood Assistance Act applications and share communications from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities regarding the adopted state budget’s impact on the town.
Carrying over from last meeting’s business, the board voted to approve the inclusion of a buy-up dental insurance policy for town employees.
The board discussed the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program, which provides funding for municipal and tax-exempt organizations through the issuance of a corporation business tax credit for businesses, which in turn donates cash to those organizations.
First Selectman Edmond V. Mone noted that a public hearing will take place in the near future to further explain how this program, administered by the state Department of Revenue Services, functions for Thomaston business owners.
The board reviewed the findings from the spring roof condition report.
The report cited issues with the current roof at Black Rock School.
The board decided to contact the Black Rock School custodians to review the report with them to address potential issues.
Another area of concern was a long-term project of repairing the roof on Town Hall.
First Selectman Mone suggested setting aside funding in preparation for inevitable repairs but noted that the Capital Improvement Committee must propose the project.
Restoration of the Town Hall roof must be reviewed by the Connecticut Historical Society to determine whether the roof requires costly slate or less costly imitation slate.
The last item presented was a notice sent by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities that shared the state’s General Assembly proposed and adopted budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which if passed will reduce Thomaston’s overall funding by $34,407, a .5 percent decrease from the 2019 current fiscal year to the adopted 2020 fiscal year.
While this budget accounts for the state’s promises to allocate funding for the majority of the grants that Thomaston is entitled to receive across multiple categories, two categories were not fully allocated in comparison to the current fiscal year’s budget.
Most of the funding from the anticipated reduction in grants for 2020 was withdrawn from the Education Cost Sharing program, with an overall reduction of $25,720.
As a result, the projected ECS funding allocation for Thomaston would drop to $5,500,105 from its current amount of $5,525,825.
Additionally, the Local Capital Improvement Program allocation was decreased by $8,918.
Consequently, the projected LoCIP funding allocation would dip to $53,512 from its current amount of $62,430.
Although losses in funding are never helpful for anyone, First Selectman Mone expressed that these minor cutbacks would not become “a major hit” and that the currently proposed budget seems to likely pass as the legislative session draws to a close before summer recess.